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California launches the nation's largest energy efficiency plan

The state of California has approved a new energy efficiency plan, providing $3.1 billion for programs from PG&E, Sempra Energy and Edison International.  The state is interested in providing financial benefits for programs designed to persuade home owners to use less energy.

Specifically, the $3.1 billion budget approved by the California Public Utilities Commission will help pave the way to savings of 7,000 gigawatt hours, 150 million metric therms of natural gas, and 1,500 megawatts of electricity.

City, county, and regional agencies will receive up to $265 million when they create energy-efficiency efforts.  Home owners will be able to monitor energy-usage statistics when they log onto the internet, the plan states.

"Capturing the full energy efficiency potential in the state requires more than simply providing rebates to support the installation of the latest and greatest widget," according to Michael Peevey, the state's commission president.

According to the state commission, energy  savings would be the same as three 500 megawatt power plants.  Furthermore, the new state-led programs would create between 15,000 and 18,000 new jobs, while also eliminating almost 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions across the state.

"The focus is to shift priorities away from rebates for widgets to sustained energy savings in the built environment," California Public Utilities Commission member Dian Grueneich told the media.  "These numbers are breathtaking in their own right."

Due to the faltering economy, energy conservation and efficiency have been popular among consumers and companies interested in reducing costs.

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RE: Good luck, CA...
By Spuke on 9/25/2009 5:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
Replace every POS air filter everywhere with this:
Do these work well? I'm interested in buying them.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By quiksilvr on 9/25/2009 8:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
Try them out, you can get a 10 pack from Costco for under 10 bucks.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By mindless1 on 9/26/2009 6:02:47 PM , Rating: 2
They are crap. Not as good at filtering as a pleated fiber-cloth type or a real electrostatic filter.

Even so, they reduce airflow enough that they end up permanently bowed in the direction of airflow.

On the other hand, if you feel like washing them out once a month they will defintely reduce filter costs over the life of the system, so there is that $avings in their favor if you don't mind owning two or an additional fiber filter to install while the washable one is out being washed and air drying.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By Dorkyman on 9/27/2009 3:10:56 PM , Rating: 3
Found an article that says it doesn't make much difference how efficient the filters are unless you run your fan 24/7.

The Canadian article, which appears to be pretty well-written and unbiased, goes on to say that you create a "dust cloud" in the house whereever you go. Better to just stay in bed...

Two ways to reduce particulate matter are to keep pets outside, and remove shoes upon entering.

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