Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CCSE GetUP House

For the next few months the GetUP Program, which trains Home Performance workers in conjunction with EnergyUPGRADE California, will be showing their Showcase Home at 590 Fig Ave. in Chula Vista. The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting is January 24th, 2012, from 1-2pm.

Thanks to the California Center for Sustainable Energy and the City of Chula Vista, which offers matching funds to the $4000/home EnergyUPGRADE program, a group of students (including me) got the opportunity to fully retrofit an existing home for energy efficiency and renewable energy ( <--- see pictures <--- ).

Also, thanks to Dan Ignosci, Home Performance Advisor with Comfort Advisors Heating and Air Conditioning, we have nice videos of the class at work (see below) with our instructors:
Dan Perunko, Judy Rachel, Rick Powell, and Scott Nyborg, and contractor Jesse Fulton.

The house will be open for tours over the next three months if you wish to see how an energy upgrade works.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Protest against SDGE's solar fee 1/18/12

When SEMPRA uses rate-payer fees (i.e. taxes) to open their NEW SDG&E 'Energy Innovation Center' (i.e. propaganda center), they were met with protesters. Planning to charge people with Solar Panels a 'fee' for using the public electric grid. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rejected the SDG&E "Network Usage" fee.
Funny how people only protest when the money can be easily shown to come from them, but when it is hidden in their utility bills they don't even notice?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Recycled Waste Energy- a 400 Billion Dollar Secret

Someone explain to me why we need to use FRACKING to get fuel, when we already have all we need?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

From 60 Minutes - a story about the Bloom Box, a $700,000 electricity generator that EBAY, Google, and others use to backup their server farms. Cheap to make, easy to install, and you get tax-credits and incentives that pay for half of it!