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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 sigmatau on 9/26/2009 1:50:56 AM , Rating: 3
1. Most if not all CFLs light is not soft like incadecent.

2. I'm sorry but 91% is garbage. You can put a towel up and it will do about the same. 98% is not what a HEPA filter cleans.

"HEPA filters, by definition, remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 micrometers (µm) in diameter" -source: Wiki

Leaving 9% of particles in the air per pass vs .03% is a crazy huge difference. I think many of the filters existing before HEPA were better than this. You would need to pass the air 4 times on your filter to get the same results as what a HEPA filter does in one pass. Sorry, if a vacuum cleaner can do this, then a air filter must be able to do it.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By quiksilvr on 9/26/2009 4:17:18 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, for 6 months to a year. Then that 99.97% drops. I'd rather get 91% for a decade. And, as I said, compared to what most people have in their AC is no where near as good, I'd say a MERV 8 filter that can be washed and reused over and over for 10 years is pretty damn good.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By Samus on 9/26/2009 4:59:36 PM , Rating: 3
It isn't neccessarily unhealthy to breath 'dust.' Infact, some medical research provides evidence the peanut allergy (and many other allergies) develope during infancy thru early childhood years when living in 'too clean' of an environment.

Which explains why, genetically, farm-cultured civilizations virtually never have allergies or rejection of food.

Breath some dust, just not pollution.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By mindless1 on 9/26/2009 6:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, no. The 99.97 does not drop, the filter gets ever more clogged and filters even better, BUT it constricts airflow too much beyond a point and is more likely to be deformed away from the duct slot or gaskets so the dirty air simply flows around it rather than through it.

91% for a decade is not good. That's a ton of crap building up in the ductwork and a lot more perpetual dust everywhere in the home. What is needed instead is simply 100% recyclable paper fiber filters, and of course recycling programs that do so.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By tmouse on 9/28/2009 8:16:32 AM , Rating: 4
While you are technically correct, the reality is any gaps formed do in fact drastically decrease the filtration since most of the air will take the route of least resistance.

RE: Good luck, CA...
By mindless1 on 10/1/2009 12:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
Uhh, didn't I mention that?

I wouldn't agree that it's "most" though, when you have a large duct and the gap is a narrow constriction you will still have sufficient negative pressure to pull a lot through the filter.

Take my word for it, I used to be in the HVAC biz to put me through college years ago. Even so, anybody can choose to put some foam weather stripping tape down to seal theirs better if they so desire, but it is not a standard feature on the base units most often installed in homes (yet easily added yourself if you aren't allergic to grabbing a screwdriver and mallet to pull the duct apart, apply it then beat it back together again.

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