Tesla, Solar City to Merge: What’s It Mean for Green?

Shareholders recently approved a deal for a new merging of technology giants Tesla and SolarCity,  and the benefits of this union could very well change the energy-efficiency world as we know it in the best way possible. We’re talking about the potential for incredible technology advancements, new cost-saving services and much more. Let’s check out… Read more »

New Pipe Insulation Requirements Take Effect in January

The 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 1, 2017. One area of the 2016 standards that has received a lot of attention is the new hot water pipe insulation requirements. These new standards apply to new homes constructed after Jan. 1, as well as to any homes that are… Read more »

Keeping Energy Efficient with Plumbing Along Exterior Walls

Making sure a home is energy efficient is not just good for the environment, but it is also good for the budget. Wasted energy – whether electricity, water, gas or oil – has an environmental and financial impact. Many new homes have plumbing along interior walls because it is more efficient, but keeping energy efficient… Read more »

Five Things to Know About Solar Ready Requirements

Solar is becoming an increasingly common and affordable alternative for generating electricity. Estimates are that more 1 million homes in the U.S. now have solar panels installed. California is a leading proponent of home solar panels, and has implemented solar ready requirements for new homes. Here are five things the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency Division… Read more »

REGREEN in Four Simple Steps

It is more important now than ever to think about the effect that our homes have on the environment. Going green is the perfect way to do your part to make your home more energy efficient, and that goes for older properties as much as it does for brand-new homes. The REGREEN program is a… Read more »

Using Renewables to Boost Water Supplies?

California is now amid its fifth year of serious drought, and state and private agencies alike have been trying everything from water usage restrictions to exploring alternative sources of water as part of efforts to balance demand with availability. The problem with converting alternative water sources like recycled wastewater, brackish groundwater and seawater into potable… Read more »

Zero Net Energy: What Does it Mean for Homeowners?

New home construction is poised to transform significantly in the year 2020 in California when Zero Net Energy building solutions will be required as part of designing ZNE-compliant homes. What does this mean exactly for homeowners? Let’s take a closer look at the rules. Think of your home now – in fact, you’re probably sitting… Read more »

Zero Net Energy: What Is the Initiative?

How many times do you turn the lights on in your house? How often do you turn the heat on in your home during the winter, or crank the A/C in the summer? Every time you click that thermostat to a higher temperature or turn your light switches on, you’re using energy. We’re not saying… Read more »