BIG DEAL: White House goes big on climate change policy

Today was a BIG move in to stop climate change. Obama took the drastic measure and bypassed Congress with a plan that forces power plants to cut their emissions by 30% in the span of 15 years. 74% of total CO2 emissions in the U.S. in 2012 is a result of coal, compared to electricity generation from natural gas and petroleum. This is one of the biggest actions taken by the U.S. government — and the biggest taken by any U.S. president — to slow climate change.  

With big climate issues coming to the forefront of the world's attention, this is hardly a surprise. Just this May they released the news of the dramatic speed in which the Antarctic ice sheet is melting, read more here. Scientist can see no way to stop the melting and fear major and  environment damaging sea-level changes

The White House also released the results of a study done on climate change which highlight the measurable impact carbon is having on our environment,

Though there are voices trying to dampen the validity of these climate concerns, it is difficult to ignore what is happening across the planet and here at home. It is past the time for action and with this policy change we hope that the movement keeps growing for renewable and clean energy such a solar, wind and nuclear. 

ALLY is doing their part in helping communities around the Bay Area go green and reduce their carbon footprint. Installing solar systems and helping make homes more energy efficient. 

BPI and Home Performance Standards

The Building Performance Institute, BPI is a national organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. Their standards are noted by the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency as well. The BPI Standards program is an industry leader in standards. Individuals that have been trained, tested and certified to BPI’s nationally recognized standards use the house-as-a-system approach to improving the performance of existing homes – an approach proven to reduce home owner annual utility bills by as much as 20 percent or more.  

Our company president, Metin, is undergoing BPI’s certification process and wanted to share the knowledge he’s getting…

“BPI approaches entire building as a whole system. Integrating science with practices. The idea is to make our living environments healthy, safe, energy efficient and comfortable for the occupants. Nearly 90% of the homes in Bay Area are not up to BPI standards in safety. If there are small children in the home, the problem can be considered more serious. Most of the new constructions do not qualify or pass the BPI test.

For example: Turning up the thermostat to warm up our living space can cause the furnace fan to force the air out from our room (depressurizing) which can allow air from the attic and crawl space into a room. Particles of dirt, chemicals and rodent feces can be found in that air, too.  Disgusting! Think about the thousands dollars we spend on beautiful remodeling jobs with high-end appliances and high quality materials.  All in a home that still may be an unhealthy living environment for you and your family.

At that point choosing a well-trained contractor is key for safety and health of our little ones and ourselves. Making contractors get the certification before starting a new building will help enormously to improve the well being of our lives."

More on BPI's standards for home performance to come...stay tuned

PACE Financing: Residential Solar Energy for CA!

California is a major participant in the PACE program! Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an alternative to a loan and helps property owners manage the barrier of high up-front energy equipment and installation costs.

PACE financing ties the cost of home improvements to the property itself which has statistically shown to be a value-add when reselling your property.  When a property owner participating in a PACE program sells the property, then the repayment obligation legally transfers with the property. The benefits of PACE financing include long-term, fixed-cost financing; loans tied to the tax capacity of the property rather than to the owner’s credit standing; a repayment obligation that legally transfers with the sale of the property; and potentially a deduction of the repayment obligation from federal taxable income, as part of the local property tax deduction. Read more here

ALLY can help you get PACE for your solar energy system! Contact us today for info.