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Sustainable Claremont Recognized as the Top Energy Champion in the L.A. County

See page 15 for the article about Sustainable Claremont

Courier 6.30.12

Claremont Courier features Sustainable Claremont

Sustainable Claremont was featured in the article below in the July 2nd issue of the Claremont Courier. To read the article on their website, click here.

Sustainable Claremont works for the city’s future

The Mediterranean City Conference

CHERP volunteers Freeman Allen and Marissa Novak attended the Mediterranean City Conference in Los Angeles on June 25-27. The conference was about climate change adaptation. The Mediterranean regions included California, central Chile, the cape region of South Africa, southwestern Austrailia, and the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Participants discussed how cities should deal with problems of water scarcity, energy costs, increasing populations, and extreme weather events such as fires, floods, sea level rise, and heat waves.

They discussed solutions at the state, country, and global level, as well as across a range of time-scales. The conference addressed six common issues: water, energy, biodiversity and open space, built environment, public health, and governance.

We have T-Shirts

When you complete your retrofit, you will recieve a CHERP T-Shirt. If your house has been retrofitted by CHERP and you haven't gotten a shirt yet, contact us!

Sustainable Claremont is #1 in home energy retrofits in California

An Energy Champion (EC) is an organization that promotes the benefits of a home energy upgrade by educating homeowners about Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County. The Energy Champion receives funds for each home energy upgrade completed by a homeowner that they have introduced to the EUCLA Program.

Sustainable Claremont was named the most successful Energy Champion in the Los Angeles County. Read InterEthnica's case study below:

Upgrade Your Refrigerator, Save Money Twice.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:

Energy Efficient Landscaping for Cooling Down.

On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.

Everything You Need to Know About the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010.

Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.