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Big Changes Coming for Utility Customers

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California will overhaul the way most utility customers are billed for home electricity and lift current caps on the amount of renewable energy and rooftop solar installations, under legislation that cleared its last major hurdle on Monday.

Approval of Assembly Bill 327 by the state Senate opens the way for the California Public Utilities Commission to rewrite landmark consumer protections and energy conservation measures enacted during the state’s 2000-01 energy crisis.

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill after the State Assembly reviews an updated version. The Senate vote was 33-5.

The state’s three investor-owned electric utilities, including San Diego Gas & Electric, argued that current rules have thrust rising utility costs disproportionally upon large consumers of home electricity, gradually undermining effective funding of the power distribution grid. Amid months of bargaining among industry and consumer groups, negotiations were broadened to address a simmering standoff over incentives and sunset provisions for rooftop solar that loomed over the rapid growth of the industry.

The bill advancing Monday would extend until July 2017 the current equation for so-called net metering, which allows utility customers to credit energy production against consumption with some additional credits. By mid-2017, utility regulators are required to establish new terms and conditions for rooftop solar — dubbed “Net Metering 2.0” by industry watchers.

read more at: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/09/utility-charges-will-change/

Want to Sell Fast? Green Your Home

thermLinda Lee, president of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors, is the author of this guest post.

Home energy costs can skyrocket during San Diego’s lengthy summer and an 80 degree Thanksgiving is not unheard of. As a result, many local home buyers are looking for energy efficient or “green” homes.

Will “greening” your home add value to it?  Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com  they are the green property specialist in Southern California.

Here are some simple steps you can take to make your home green:

In San Diego, making your home green can have a lot to do with conserving water. Believe it or not, putting an aerator on all the faucets in your home can cut your annual water usage in half. This simple attachment is easy to install and minimally affects the faucets performance.

Installing a programmable thermostat is beneficial, too. The numbers don’t lie — 50 percent of a home’s energy costs typically come from heating and cooling. Each degree over 78 that you set your thermostat during the summer months will save you between 3 percent and 5 percent on your energy bill. A programmable thermostat allows you to closely manage your home’s temperature. While you’re at it, consider buying a new air conditioning unit. Today’s units are as much as 25 percent more efficient than those installed 20 years ago.

Read more at:http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jul/10/home-real-estate-sell-green-energy-efficient/

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