Energy Efficiency

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Post date: Sep 02, 14

CSE is accepting applications for the next session of its highly regarded GETUP Energy Upgrade Career Training to be held October 6-23 in San Diego. 

The training is geared toward those who want a career conducting home energy audits or installing energy efficiency upgrades such as insulation, air sealing or HVAC systems. Class sizes are limited to enable personal, hands-on instruction. Graduates are connected with local home performance contractors for 40-hour paid internships to jump-start their careers.

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Post date: Sep 02, 14

Homeowners in the SDG&E territory have a short time left to take advantage of $400 rebates for home energy ratings.

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Post date: Aug 26, 14

Janet and Oscar Valent of Carlsbad have made sustainable energy a way of life. Since purchasing their 1947-built home five years ago, they have renovated it to use far less energy and stay more comfortable throughout summer and winter.

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Post date: Aug 18, 14

The energy efficiency actions of California homeowners who installed rooftop solar electric systems are providing insights into the connection between solar adoption  and energy upgrades that could help in the design of future residential energy programs.

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Post date: Jul 22, 14

Demand for home energy raters in California increased in July 2014. That’s when the state implemented an updated version of its building energy efficiency standards, enforcing stricter requirements for third-party testing and verification of home energy performance.

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Post date: Jul 09, 14

Does your air conditioner struggle to keep your home cool? There could be a very good reason.

In Holly Williams' home in San Marcos, it turned out to be leaky ducts. "When it was hot out, the air conditioner would run almost constantly but it did not cool down the house, and the temperature would rarely get down to the thermostat set point," Willams said.

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Post date: Jul 02, 14

The right combination of technologies is key to avoiding financial risks

When Qualcomm Incorporated, decided to take greater control of energy consumption at its San Diego locations, the technology selected was combined heat and power (CHP) gas turbines, among the most efficient energy sources available because in producing electricity it also provides thermal energy.

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Post date: Jun 30, 14

An innovative financing method is helping thousands of homeowners across San Diego County to lower their utility bills by installing solar panels, insulation and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. Their home improvement projects became affordable by using a loan program called PACE, for property assessed clean energy.

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Post date: May 14, 14

As Southern California experiences record-breaking heat, many families are looking for ways to keep their homes cool without breaking the bank. CCSE’s Home Energy Coaches offer the following tips, some of which can be done right away.

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Post date: Apr 15, 14

When Chris Branson bought his first home, a 1966-built house in the University City neighborhood of San Diego, he was eager to start remodeling and making improvements. His biggest concerns were the furnace, sliding doors and windows. 

"The lights would dim when the furnace was operating and it was too noisy," said Chris. "The doors and windows were not safe and secure, and depending on the weather, you could feel the radiant heat or cold air coming through the windows."

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Solar+Storage Creates Major Economic Benefits for Affordable Multifamily Housing

A new report demonstrates how battery storage combined with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems would lead to significant electric bill savings for both property owners and residents of multifamily affordable rental housing in California.

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Claremont Recognized as Coolest California City

The City of Claremont has earned first place in the CoolCalifornia Challenge, a competition that pitted city against city to motivate residents to take actions and track efforts to reduce their carbon footprints. Out of 22 cities vying for the title of “Coolest California City,” Claremont captured the top spot earning 2,443,779 sustainability points after finishing second last year.

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