This article is sponsored by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), an independent, nonprofit organization based in San Diego that serves as an unbiased resource on energy issues for individuals, businesses, organizations, public agencies and local governments. Learn more about CCSE at energycenter.org.
These days, a lot of California households are becoming more energy efficient to save money on their utility bills. But did you know that retrofitting your home with efficient systems and renewable energy technologies can also improve your family's quality of life and reduce their allergies?
Thanks to Energy Upgrade California, a statewide environmental initiative that aims to improve the energy efficiency of 13 million residences by 2020, homeowners can qualify for significant rebates when overhauling their home's energy system. What's even better is that many Californians who have completed the upgrade are experiencing significant health benefits.
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"The program promotes a whole house performance approach that focuses on the many different elements within a home that affect energy use, how they interact and influence health and safety,” said Jack Clark, home retrofit programs manager for the California Center for Sustainable Energy. “San Diego homeowners now have more options than ever to increase comfort while saving money on utility bills.”
Still not convinced you should replace that heater and upgrade the insulation in your attic? Then consider the following case studies:
- After upgrading their 1950s ranch-style house with building leakage sealing, floor insulation and air sealing, Chula Vista homeowners Connie and David Mora now sleep better and cough less, while their furnace only kicks in every two hours instead of every fifteen minutes. And thanks to Energy Upgrade California and the City of Chula Vista rebates, a $7,000 project cost them absolutely nothing and resulted in a 36 percent annual energy savings.
- The Celani family of San Diego was equally satisfied with the energy upgrades they made to their four-bedroom home, if not pleasantly surprised. "The reason we got into energy upgrade was to save money, however, one of the greatest benefits has been the comfort and reduced allergic reactions our children experience" raved mom Amber. In addition to their improved quality of life, the Celanis now save 15 percent annually on their utility bill.