By MPCO Staff
California is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the building sector and expanding the use of clean energy to slow the effects of climate change.
The good news is that the California Energy Commission (CEC) launched a building and home energy resource hub where you can find information about how to make the transition to a low-carbon future.
“Building emissions are a major contributor to climate change and air pollution,” said Commissioner Andrew McAllister, who is the CEC lead for energy efficiency. “The CEC's online one-stop shop can help you learn about healthier, greener homes and buildings. Every Californian can take action to reduce their carbon footprint, fight climate change, and improve quality of life for themselves and for everyone who loves our great state.”
Whether you are a county or town representative, contractor, building owner, or renter, you can learn how to save money on your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact. You can also enjoy other benefits, such as improved health, safety, comfort, and energy reliability.
The new resource web pages provide general information and incentive information targeted at specific groups such as homeowners, renters, contractors, and local governments.
Homeowners and renters can learn where to start, the hurdles and benefits of electrifying a home, and how to find a contractor. Descriptions and information about specific appliances, equipment, and devices are provided.
The contractors’ section is aimed at those in the building industry who want training and building energy code support. Contractors can also add themselves to directories for homeowners and renters to consult on electrification.
The local government section provides model decarbonization policies, information about the statewide benchmarking program, and links to training. The incentives focus on energy and electric vehicle charging programs available to local governments.
Here are some examples of what you can do to get started:
Electrification: Replace your gas appliances with electric ones that run on renewable energy. For example, you can install a heat pump for heating and cooling, an induction cooktop for cooking, and a heat pump water heater for hot water. These appliances are more efficient and safer than gas ones, and they can lower your energy bills and emissions.
Load shift: Use programmable devices, such as thermostats or smart plugs, to adjust your energy use according to the time of day and the availability of renewable energy. Set your appliances to run at night when electricity is cheaper and cleaner. This can help you save money and reduce stress on the grid.
Efficiency: Upgrade your insulation, windows, doors, lighting, and appliances to make your home or business more energy efficient. This helps reduce your energy consumption and costs and improves your comfort and indoor air quality.