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How to Deal with Emergency Replacements and Still Support Electrification

By Charley Cormany | September 30, 2021 | Comments Off on How to Deal with Emergency Replacements and Still Support Electrification

One of the biggest challenges for residential decarbonization is the emergency replacement of appliances. While many people could be convinced of the benefits of electrifying their heating or cooking given enough time, when devices fail, most people want to restore service as soon as possible. Usually, that means replacing the failed device with something similar.…

Advocacy Update – September 2021 – 50 Communities in CA Have Now Banned Gas in New Construction

By Charley Cormany | September 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocacy Update – September 2021 – 50 Communities in CA Have Now Banned Gas in New Construction
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• More Gas Bans
• Energy Savings Goals Now Account for Fuel-Switching

What’s the Deal with Contractors and Heat Pumps?

By Charley Cormany | August 31, 2021 | Comments Off on What’s the Deal with Contractors and Heat Pumps?
heat pump outdoor unit

Electric heat pumps for space heating are getting a lot of attention these days, and with good reason. Heat pumps are a readily available alternative to gas furnaces. They are more efficient and perform as well or better than gas alternatives and yet contractors are reluctant embrace this proven technology. What is it about heat pump HVAC systems that is limiting widespread adoption?

Advocacy Update – August 2021 – New 2022 building codes; IPCC report on Climate Change

By Charley Cormany | August 31, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocacy Update – August 2021 – New 2022 building codes; IPCC report on Climate Change
Advocacy Update August 2021

• New 2022 building codes
• IPCC report on Climate Change

Heat Pump Water Heaters – We Need to Get this Right

By Charley Cormany | July 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Heat Pump Water Heaters – We Need to Get this Right
How heat pump water heaters work

The state of California has passed some of the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction legislation in the county. To meet projected reductions outlined in these laws, California will need to wean itself from fossil fuels. Residential electrification efforts are in progress, and heat pump water heaters are a critical component. Heat pump water heaters are great, but there are some concerns. Check out some of the things we have learned about this new technology.

Advocacy Update – July 2021

By Charley Cormany | July 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocacy Update – July 2021
Advocacy Update - July 2021

California is leading the way to an all-electric future. The continual reduction in the cost of renewable electricity generation is making electricity the energy choice of the future.

Simple Ways to Save Water – and Energy Too

By Charley Cormany | June 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Simple Ways to Save Water – and Energy Too
Dripping faucet

California is yet again in the midst of a historic drought. Saving as much water as possible will be essential to make it through this parched summer. Read more for tips on saving water and energy.

Advocacy Update – June 2021

By Charley Cormany | June 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocacy Update – June 2021
Advocacy Update June 2021

Efficiency First CA works tirelessly on behalf of contractors throughout the state. Here’s an update on recent advocacy efforts.

Energy Efficiency Finally Gets the Credit it Deserves

By Charley Cormany | May 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Energy Efficiency Finally Gets the Credit it Deserves
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Home performance contractors have been selling deep energy retrofits for years. One of the critical selling tactics is concentrating on the Non-Energy Benefits (NEBs) of high-performance buildings. The real question is what are they? And will the state policymakers every recognize the true value of these non-energy related benefits of energy efficiency?

Advocacy Update – May 2021

By Charley Cormany | May 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Advocacy Update – May 2021
Advocacy Update May 2021

Efficiency First CA works tirelessly on behalf of contractors throughout the state. Here’s an update on recent advocacy efforts.