The Magazine of Santa Clarita March 2015 : Page 152
e nerGy -p inChinG s anta C larita H OM E & GAR D E N homeoWners pose threat to s outhern C aliFornia e dison The long-term future of SCE’s power grid is under threat from an unlikely source – energy-conserving Santa Clarita homeowners. That is the fear of many utility experts who say that as we use less power, electrical companies, at current prices, won’t have the revenue needed to maintain the grid. As SCE raise rates to make up for declining sales volume, customers are embrac-ing even more energy-savings products and solar panels. The Edison Electric Institute, the trade group for investor-owned utilities, has warned that the utilities could be facing a “death spiral”. The more SCE raises its rates, the greater the incentive for homeowners to invest in conservation. For example, the average Santa Clarita single family home with a swim-ming pool that replaces their pool circulation pool pump will save about $1,000 a year in electricity. In 2006 the pool industry came out with high energy efficient variable speed pool pumps. These pool pumps take the 240 volt AC, convert the power to three phase, and then convert the power to DC. Once the power is DC the speed of the motor can be changed. The Affinity Law says that if I cut the speed of the motor in half, the electricity needed will drop to 1/8 of before. The savings is from slowing down how fast pool water is filtered. A 2-hp motor uses 2,400 watts, a variable speed motor uses less than 100 watts. It is the double punch of conservation and solar panels that is causing the “death spiral”. The Edison Electric Institute says it cost most utilities $40 to $60 a month to serve a home. So customers who use little power shift costs to others. So SCE has to raise rates. Since 2004, average residential electrical prices have jumped 39 percent. With a three-year parts and labor manufacturer’s warranty, you can save $3,000 during the warranty period, removing any risk. Pools by Ben has access to special green energy financing. We can offer a zero percent down, zero percent interest, $100 per month payment plan for a new pool pump. This makes your out of pocket expense only $200. Sometimes it seems like it may be better to wait until your old pump fails before upgrad-ing to a new pump, but the cost to do nothing keeps going up. SCE is asking for a 16 percent increase for 2015. Should you keep your old pump? SCE says yes please, the rate payer says no way! For more information, call 661-263-7503 or visit www.poolsbyben.com. s prinG C leaninG : o ut With the o ld , in With the neW ! by Felicia Hain Well, March is here and it is that time of the year again: spring cleaning! As you are running around trying to get reorganized for the brand new year, maybe you are noticing items or rooms you would love to remodel. Here are some 2015 Spring Trends for your kitchen or bath courtesy of KBIS show in Las Vegas. Going hi-tech, putting on a show in the kitchen, and getting colorful are all top kitchen and bathroom design trends for consumers to keep an eye out in 2015. When it comes to trending innovation in the kitchen, LED lighting systems are having a huge hit for cabinetry and closet systems! These designs can be cut to size and simply ad-hered to surfaces like tape, making them perfect for cabinet, under-cabinet, cupboard, and vanity use. Kitchens are also increasingly seen as places to entertain guests. In that regard, show kitchens that is, larger and more open workspaces with restaurant style appli-ances and built-in banquettes or seating areas figure to be popular in the year to come. Color is also coming back into today’s kitchens and bathrooms. While colors such as gold, brass, and copper are never out of style and a safe choice for most, colors according to BEHR, such as nuanced neutrals, frosted pastels, deep dreams and social brights are making their way into today’s kitchens. Today’s style in hardware has moved more towards clean cut and simple due to functionality and easy use. Stainless, Chrome, and silver finishes are on the top lists of hardware color because it helps with the simple and clean style trend in today’s kitchens. With 20 years of experience, a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association with five star ratings online, Dannick Design is a trustworthy company. We always promise a beautiful and time efficient remodel. We are licensed, bonded and insured and we can be reached at 661-775-7430 call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our showroom is located at 24730 Avenue Tibbitts Suite 160, Valencia, CA 91355. Please contact us with any questions you may have and happy spring cleaning! 152 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444
Energy-Pinching Santa Clarita Homeowners Pose Threat To Southern California Edison
The long-term future of SCE’s power grid is under threat from an unlikely source – energy-conserving Santa Clarita homeowners.
Spring Cleaning: Out With The Old, In With The New!
Well, March is here and it is that time of the year again: spring cleaning! As you are running around trying to get reorganized for the brand new year, maybe you are noticing items or rooms you would love to remodel. Here are some 2015 Spring Trends for your kitchen or bath courtesy of KBIS show in Las Vegas.