Learn from the Brits – Winter proof your home and cut your fuel bills

  1. Find where the heat escapes

You need to find where warm air is escaping from your home and cold air is coming in. Places that may let in draughts include windows, doors, floorboards, chimneys and loft hatches.

Hold a candle near windows, doors and other areas to see if the flame dances around, suggesting a leak. Alternatively, try a thermal leak detector, such as the Black & Decker TLD100. This flashes blue for cold, green for normal and red for warm, so you know where there are air leakages.

2. Draught-proof your doors

For gaps at the bottom of the front and back doors, the most durable choice is a “brush” draught-excluder. You can make your own draught-excluders for internal doors using rolled-up towels, or tights filled with old clothes, or buy cheap or second-hand draught-excluders on sites such as eBay.

You can buy rubber draught seals from DIY stores and fit these around the sides of your external doors. Install metal keyhole-covers, and fit a letterbox brush to keep the heat in your home.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/oct/06/heatproof-your-home-top-tips-for-energy-efficiency

What the new climate bill could mean for San Diego

The $369 billion climate package approved by the Senate on Sunday could bring San Diego a cash infusion that could move major climate projects off of wish lists and into construction — from more rooftop solar and zero-emission vehicles to electrifying buildings and port facilities.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, said San Diego could get funding to speed the construction of electric vehicle charging networks and needed port improvements, including electric dock equipment and shore power systems that allow ships to plug in at harbor instead of idling on diesel fuel.

San Diego has moved that goalpost even closer, aiming for net zero emissions by 2035. The city passed its new Climate Action Plan last week, and this week the county will release its sweeping blueprint for cutting emissions countywide.

The federal funding could jumpstart the city’s plan to require electric power for new construction and transition existing buildings off of natural gas, said Brenda Garcia Millan, a policy analyst for the San Diego Climate Action Campaign.

She also said the bill‘s $60 billion in funding for environmental justice could help improve air quality and cut greenhouse emissions in communities most affected by air pollution, such as Barrio Logan and San Ysidro. But she cautioned that the city must have a plan in place to compete for and spend grant money for those projects.

read more at: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/story/2022-08-08/climate-bill-san-diego

San Diego: Interior design pros offering $99/hour consultations now until end of June for charity

If your home’s interior could use a professional refresh, the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) chapter has a solution.

From now through the end of June, members will conduct in-home design consultations during the ASID “Spring Spruce Up” fundraiser. The discounted fee of $99 per hour (minimum one hour/maximum two hours) is a donation to the local ASID chapter; the designer volunteers their time.

ASID can provide experts in all aspects of design, including space planning, staging, color selection, kitchen design, aging in place, art and furniture placement, outdoor rooms, historic preservation, media rooms, multigenerational living, universal design, window treatments and commercial design. Designers are chosen to meet each client’s specific needs.

read more at: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/home-and-garden/story/2022-05-21/san-diegos-interior-design-pros-have-a-spring-spruce-up-offer