Phoenix Energy and Construction Expands Services to Include Homes Run by Non Profit Organizations February 17, 2012 -- Non Prof
Phoenix Energy and Construction Expands Services to Include Homes Run by Non Profit Organizations Non Profit Organizations that operate residential homes and commercial properties demand quality energy improvements and San Diego based Phoenix Energy and C
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2012
Phoenix Energy and Construction has qualified as a Participating Contractor in Energy Upgrade California, collaboration between the California Department of Energy and Utilities throughout the state, to reduce energy use and create a more comfortable, healthy and safe environment in homes. Homeowners can achieve up to $8000 in rebates and incentives to upgrade their attic and wall insulation, home heating/cooling, windows and perform weatherization. "Our goal is to optimize efficiency of the whole house where all systems work together and complement each other and this means saving money on utility bills," says managing co-partner Clifford Wolf.
One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:
On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.
Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.
Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.
A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.