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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 Lord 666 on 9/26/2009 12:33:46 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, putting the A/C on would circulate the mercury more into your HVAC system. Opening windows and leaving area for 15-30 minutes is the best. After that, blot it up with a wet sponge or mop. Depending on the surface it broke on (carpet versus hard) the treatment is different. Carpet would require several treatments.

Vacuuming is the worst thing you can do as it atomizes the mercury. Even using a dust pan and broom is bad as it kicks up the dust.


RE: Good luck, CA...
By mindless1 on 9/26/2009 6:16:26 PM , Rating: 3
LOL @ evacuating the area just because a little bulb broke.

If you think opening the windows or leaving is important you are accepting it must have been atomized, so vacuuming is no different.

You're far more likely to get a larger dose of mercury from simply eating fish, there's little point being paranoid about light bulbs.


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