Month: December 2014

Top Social Media Posts for Week of December 26

  • Does it pay to replace an old but still working appliance with a new, more efficient model? Learn how to calculate the real costs over the life of the appliance.
  • California flips the switch on the world’s largest solar power farm.
  • Save up to 40% on your utility bills with our heating specials. Check them out on our website!
  • Most ceiling fans come with a switch that changes the blade rotation. Clockwise rotation causes warm air that rises to come back down and warm the room.
  • It may not seem like the holidays without your yearly traditions, but see how people around the world make the holidays feel like home.

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Top Social Media Posts for Week of December 19

  • The cost of heating a home is rising every year. How does one choose what type of heating unit to install in their home? All the factors that go into choosing can be daunting. Here are just a few options that may help you decide.
  • If you have gutters, it’s a good time to check to see if they need to be cleaned out. Clogged gutters block rainwater or melting snow and can result in leaks that cause damage to your home.
  • Check out these 9 tips about about new, innovative and tried-and-true ways to tame your heating bills without sacrificing comfort.
  • Solar is here, it’s expanding and its popularity is growing.
  • Take a look at this informative and entertaining video about solar energy.

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Top Social Media Posts for Week of December 12

  • Indoor allergies can kick into high gear during the winter months when you’re spending more time indoors. The Lennox PureAir™ air purification system attacks all 3 classes of indoor air contaminants: dust, mold and odor.
  • Winterization tip: Keep cold air out. Find any holes or gaps on the outside of your home and fill them with expansion foam.
  • When foods are thrown away that contain liquid they tend to drip through the garbage bag and can build up bacteria. Place a few pieces of newspaper at the bottom of the bag to absorb this.
  • When traveling over the holidays, you can set the Lennox iComfort Wi-Fi® thermostat to vacation mode to save energy and then turn on your system from the airport using the mobile app so your home is nice and warm when you return.
  • For an easy and environmentally friendly way to unclog your drain, pour in a half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Once it stops foaming, rinse down the sink and your drain will be clear.

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Important Message from Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade

euc_old_logoThe deadline for updating the branding for the whole-house retrofit program to its correct name (Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade) and logo is December 31, 2014. All users of the brand should be using the new name and logo by January 1 2015. All uses of the old brand (see examples on right) should be discontinued.

The new Home Upgrade and Participating Contractor logos can be downloaded from the Resource Library at EnergyUpgradeCA.org.

If you haven’t done so already, please download and review the updated Home Upgrade Style and Usage Guide and the Brand Sub-license Agreement (BSA) found in Appendix A of the Guide. All brand users must sign and email a copy of the BSA to the Energy Upgrade California Brand Manager (jeff.blanton@energycenter.org).
If you have question or need help logging into the Resource Library, please email Jeff Blanton at jeff.blanton@energycenter.org or call (858) 634-4730.

Thanks,
Jeff Blanton
Brand and Media Manager
Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California® is a state initiative to educate residents and small business consumers about energy management. The initiative helps Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. It is supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to help communities meet state and local energy and climate action goals. Funding comes from investor-owned utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. ©2014 California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Top Social Media Posts for Week of December 5

  • Solar panels are a great way to save energy, but make sure you align them in the right direction. Facing the panels west creates energy in the afternoon when demand is high and aligns with the electrical grid.
  • Fireplaces are a great way to heat your home in the winter to save on utility bills. As long as you have a natural gas connection or propane availability, you can install a gas fireplace almost anywhere in your home.
  • Thanksgiving is over and now you’re left with the clean-up. To remove the burned turkey from your roasting pan, add 1/4 cup dish detergent and 1/4 cup baking soda to the pan, fill with hot water and soak overnight.
  • A new study says the Californian solar boom makes the state a national leader in solar energy.
  • Need to replace your old thermostat? Improve your home’s heating efficiency and save money by installing a new programmable thermostat.

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