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Improving your home charging station

We just got an email from the good folks at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) regarding improving energy efficiency in the home, reducing the cost of energy via this improved efficiency, and programs to reduce the cost of acquiring the technology. What’s not to like?

This is extremely short notice, but if you happen to be close enough to San Diego to take advantage of this opportunity, there will be a workshop at the San Diego office on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. They are even throwing in dinner. Click on the San Diego office link in the previous sentence for contact information and the address of the office. The workshop is targeted to electric car owners and a short video about what you can expect to learn is linked here.

Although we had been to the center before when an electric vehicle (EV) display was hosted in their parking lot, and again when we dropped off our rebate paperwork, we didn’t really know the extent of the programs that they offered. After receiving this email, we checked out their web site a little more thoroughly.

The CCSE hosts a number of workshops each week offering information about improving energy efficiency and learning about sustainable energy alternatives. This weekend there is even some brave soul opening up his newly energy efficient home so others can see the real world end result.

If you hear of similar programs offered by state or municipal agencies in your locale, drop us an email via our “About” page. We’ll help get the word out.

2 Comments

  1. I’ve been to the CCSE numerous times, they do great work. Previously they received a sizable portion of their funding from SDG&E. SDG&E is required by law to fund programs for public benefit. These programs include discounted electricity rates for low-income customers as well as educational seminars about ways to reduce energy consumption. Also seminars on technologies such as solar panels and efficient air conditioning.

    However, this year SDG&E have become concerned with the status CCSE have attained in educating the public and helping to shape renewable energy policy. So SDG&E built a new energy center of their own a few miles from CCSE and also stopped funding ($1.3M) CCSE in the process. The funds from SDG&E to CCSE were collected from SDG&E rate payers, SDG&E was simply acting as the go between. SDG&E actions upset me to the point that I decided to go solar right away, so I cut off my funding to SDG&E.

  2. However, this year SDG&E have become concerned with the status CCSE have attained in educating the public and helping to shape renewable energy policy. So SDG&E built a new energy center of their own a few miles from CCSE and also stopped funding ($1.3M) CCSE in the process. The funds from SDG&E to CCSE were collected from SDG&E rate payers, SDG&E was simply acting as the go between. SDG&E actions upset me to the point that I decided to go solar right away, so I cut off my funding to SDG&E.

    Here in MN, we have 3K of tracking PV powering our house and electric S-10 pickup. We are happy to say that we too went solar “right away”, we are very pleased with our system.
    Ron Solberg

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