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Post date: Jul 29, 13

In 2010, Tony and Cindy bought a remodeled 25-year-old home in Spring Valley. They quickly discovered the temperatures in the home were inconsistent and uncomfortable. "Our house was really cold in the winter and it got really hot in the summer," says Cindy. They knew there was very little insulation in the attic, and a home energy assessment conducted last year revealed gaping holes in the ducts.

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Post date: Jul 29, 13

Beth and Paul's beautiful La Mesa home used to have one major problem. "The living room was unbearable in the summer," says Beth. "It felt like you could cook a chicken in there.” Their floor-to-ceiling, west-facing windows were partly to blame, but there was more to the story.

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Post date: Jul 29, 13

Is an 87-year-old home destined to be drafty? Shirley of North Park knows the answer is no. After enduring 13 chilly winters, she decided to make her living environment more comfortable.

“Inside this 1920s vintage house it was extremely cold in the winter and I had to wear heavy sweaters most of the time and use extra blankets,” Shirley recalls. "The bathroom was so cold that I would run a space heater in there before taking a shower.”

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Post date: Feb 25, 12

Looking for ways to lower your energy bills?  Understanding the numbers and graphs on your bill can help you determine your home's biggest energy users.  This article is specifically written for San Diego Gas & Electric customers, but many of the lessons are useful to any energy utility customer.

Seasonal vs. baseload

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San Marcos Homeowner Stays Cool, Saves Hundreds Each Month

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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PACE Makes Home Energy Upgrades More Affordable

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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