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2016 Energy Code Compliance Seminar in Northern California

If you are interested in attending a face to face seminar please see this flyer and RSVP.  Space is limited. First come, first served.

PDF HERE

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Prepared for the 2016 Energy Code Changes?

2016 Energy Code

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE 2016 ENERGY STANDARDS?

The 2016 Energy Code Standards are here. On January 1, 2017, all projects getting permitted on or after this date will be required to meet the 2016 Energy Code Standard.  If you live in Northern California and are not quite sure what this means, you will want to attend this free upcoming workshop for Builders, Product Manufacturers and Consultants.  The discussion covers high performance walls and attics in relation to complying with the 2016 Energy Standards. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Why should you attend?

  1. For the first time hear the California Energy Division’s vision for the 2019 standard updates. Will there be more stringent attic standards? What is the future of the PV Credit?
  2. See products and methodologies that can be used to comply with the 2016 standards and beyond Have your questions answered by experts and the Energy Commission staff so your company is best prepared to succeed in this next code cycles.

When is the Forum?

  • August 24th and 25th
    8:00 – 4:30

Where is the Forum?

  • August 24th– Clovis – Emergency Operations Center room at the Police/Fire HQ at 1233 Fifth Street
  • August 25th – San Ramon – San Ramon Valley Conference Center 3301 Crow Canyon Road, Room A203

This free seminar is hosted by CONSOL, WISE, and the California Housing Foundation (CHF).  You need to RSVP.  Please see the flyer as a PDF or JPG here.

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National Energy Awareness Month

October is National Energy Awareness Month.  This month is dedicated to a national effort to emphasize how central energy is important to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. The Obama Administration is also participating this month by sharing and showcasing clean energy events and activities.

DuctTesters has compiled a list of 10 suggested ways you can participate in Energy Awareness Month and save energy at home:

  • Programmable Thermostat: if you already have one, in the winter, maintain a temperature of “68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.“ (energy.gov) In the summer, “you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling.” (energy.gov) If you do not have a programmable thermostat, install one to lower utility bills and efficiently manage your heating and cooling systems.
  • Put it in a Power Strip: Plug home electronics, computers, printers, TVs, Bluerays, and DVD players, into power strips. Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use.
  • Hot Water Heater Temperature:  Lower the hot water heater thermostat to 120°F.  This will help conserve energy and work just as effectively.
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR ProductsENERGY STAR labeled light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and any other possible products.  ENERGY STAR products meet higher efficiency guidelines set by the US EPA and the US DoE.
  • Wash Laundry in Cold Water:  Always wash your laundry in cold water.  Laundry detergent works just as well and you will save energy and money by not heating the water.
  • Clean Fridge Coils: Dust your refrigerator, especially the coils behind the fridge.  Be sure to use the right tools to clean them.  By doing so, your refrigerator will run more effectively and not have to use more energy to work properly.
  • Outdoor Motion-Detector Lights:  replace outdoor lighting with motion-detector censored lighting.
  • Change HVAC filters:  If you change or clean your HVAC’s air filters at least once a month, your system should run at top energy performance.  All HVAC units are different so be sure to read the proper upkeep and maintenance for your specific HVAC unit.
  • Upgrade Windows:  Check your home’s window sealing, air leakage, and quality.  Today’s energy efficient windows are labeled and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council.  The new windows have stickers on them labeling and certifying the window’s performance.

Not sure where to start but want to make some changes to your home?  Call us and we can perform an Energy Assessment on your home and compile a budget that fits your actual needs and desires. We do not perform the work but can help you find qualified contractors.

 

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