Author: Chuck Colgan, CA Center for Sustainable Energy


Residential solar systems for electricity and heating water are most often installed separately, competing for limited roof space and the greatest amount of exposure to sunlight. Some newer hybrid models are overcoming this situation by combining photovoltaic (PV) and solar Read more…


When people learn the facts about energy efficiency and are aware of critical energy issues, such as rising costs, dependence on foreign oil, increasing greenhouse gases and the like, they will change their energy behaviors to help save money and Read more…


Common best practices that cost little or provide quick payback can create both energy and financial savings


The key is to find upgrades and retrofits that will achieve a quick payback by lowering energy costs, qualifying for rebates and taking advantage of utility programs for free energy audits and innovative payment options.


When restaurant greening includes energy-saving strategies, the benefits can increase profits in addition to helping the environment.


For those who want a custom home made with more sustainable materials, the choices are rather diverse – many more than the straw, wood and brick of Three Little Pigs fame.


Find home and building energy envelope leaks with infrared cameras by doing it yourself, hiring a professional – or becoming one!


“It’s a complex set of issues, but there are opportunities in all commercial operations for energy efficiency and bottom-line savings through updating building technologies.”


“PPAs and leases make operational power costs predictable . . . the customer gets affordable electricity, typically below the retail electricity rate, for the life of the contract.”


Declaring that today’s green movement should use the same organizational approach as the 1960s civil rights movement, environmental advocate Jerome Ringo called for people of all social and economic levels need to be included in building a clean, healthier future Read more…


The next wave of California legislation aimed at reducing the state’s energy consumption and meeting mandates for reduced greenhouse gas emissions is set to wash ashore in January 2011 when Assembly Bill 1103 goes into effect. Its approach has commercial Read more…


The belief that jobs in the solar industry are limited to working on the roof or chasing after sales leads is not really accurate today as other opportunities are available and increasing, according to solar career expert Liz Merry. Merry, Read more…

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