Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sonoma County Energy Independence Program Gains Momentum

I paid a visit to the "energy store" yesterday...that's the office of the innovative county program that provides financing for home and business owners to retrofit their buildings for increased energy efficiency, located at the Water Agency on Aviation Blvd. in Santa Rosa. I needed some more of their brochures, having passed out quite a few of them at my booth at the Solar Fair.

I asked how the program is going, and was told that since its inception last March, nearly 600 applications have been accepted with projects underway or completed. Other local governments in the Bay Area are developing their own versions of this program as well.

I am currently working on a project on an older home adding floor insulation, replacing the outmoded forced-air heating system with a 95% efficient furnace and all new sealed ductwork, and replacing all the old wood sash with new dual-glazed windows that have weatherproof cladding on the exterior and wood showing inside.

More information about the SCEIP can be found on their website

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