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Power Outages Part 2 : How much do battery backup and generator installations cost?

By |2019-10-29T17:43:54-08:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Community, Power Backups - Batteries, Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

POWER OUTAGES  – PART 2 – PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS How much would a generator cost? How much would batteries cost? There are plenty of online tools and other resources available to give you relatively quick answers, but are they the right answers? Backup power systems can [...]

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Q and A With President and Founder, Ray Darby

By |2019-07-31T10:31:42-08:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Q and A With Ray This Q & A pertains to California's Quantum Leap in Building Standards. The questions answered here come from inquiries into concepts, technologies and standard specific rhetoric found in our article on California's rooftop solar mandate. What are heat pump water heaters? [...]

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An Affordable Cooling Alternative

By |2019-06-20T13:37:30-08:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Affordable Ways to Cool Your Home Are you looking for a more affordable way to cool your home? Unfortunately, many people these days can't afford to spend the money it takes to get air conditioning installed, much less the cost of operation. Fortunately, there’s an [...]

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Dangerous Electrical Panel Warning

By |2019-06-26T13:51:10-08:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Solar Industry/Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Dangerous Electrical Panels There’s a fair chance you own one of the many electrical panels known to be dangerous. They can subject the home to fire danger or, for someone working on them, electrical shock. Do you own a dangerous panel? What are the risks? [...]

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Avoiding Home Energy Saving Scams – Part 2 – Reflective Insulation

By |2019-06-12T14:45:02-08:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

This one has been making the rounds around Nevada County lately. “Radiant Barrier Insulation”, “Reflective Insulation” or “Radiant Insulation” are various names applied to products that are typically of dubious merit.  While it depends on the circumstances under which and the way they’re installed, they [...]

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Avoiding Energy Saving Scams, Part 1

By |2019-06-12T14:14:48-08:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , |

Save your hard-earned money and ensure your friends or family do not fall victim to an energy saving scam. After reading this article, you will know how to identify one of these scams! A common energy scam you’re likely to come across is a little [...]

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The Time for Time-of-Use has Arrived!

By |2019-06-12T13:55:13-08:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: California, Renewable Energy Policy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When everyone is using power at the same time, it is very expensive to produce that power. Investor-owned utilities pass this expense onto ratepayers in the form of Time-of-Use (TOU) rate schedules. Mandated by the California Public Utilities Commission, TOU rates encourage consumers to change [...]

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Heat Pumps 101

By |2019-06-26T16:48:13-08:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: Energy Efficiency|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Heat Pumps – Efficient Appliances That Deliver Both Comfort and Savings A heat pump is sort of like an air conditioner, but with a reversing valve so it can both heat and cool your building very efficiently, with electricity! Heat pumps have evolved a lot [...]

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