I am so glad I decided on this company.  The home inspector knew his stuff, and he explained the inspection report in a way that was clear.  I was able to negotiate my purchase and saved a lot of money.  Thanks for everything.        -  Karla P., San Diego

Blog Energy Conservation San Onofre Shutoff For Summer: What You Can Do To Help Avoid Blackouts
San Onofre Shutoff For Summer: What You Can Do To Help Avoid Blackouts
Energy Conservation
Share |
If you are one of the nearly seven and a half million people that live within a 50 mile radius of the San Onofre Power Plant blackouts may be in your future. It appears that the plant will remain closed at least until August while needed repairs are being made. Summer temperatures are always associated with an increase in the amount of energy used in the home. This summer, those who live in Southern California may need to be more aware of usage in order to help prevent blackouts.
San Onofre NPP croppedSan Onofre Nuclear Generating StationOne person alone cannot prevent a blackout. However, when a large group of people use electricity in a responsible manner, the load will be reduced. No one wishes to experience blackouts at any time. This is especially true during hot weather, which is when the blackouts are most likely to occur. Consider taking the following actions in order to help:
  • Turn off your air conditioning system when no one is home
  • Make use of ceiling fans so that the thermostat can be set at a more reasonable temperature
  • Unplug electronics that are not in use
  • Keep blinds or curtain closed on hot days in order to prevent the sun from quickly heating rooms
  • Swap standard light bulbs to compact florescent bulbs
  • Do not allow lights, televisions, stereos, etc. to be on in unoccupied rooms
  • Make sure that routine air conditioning system maintenance is completed as soon as possible
  • Consider having an energy audit completed in order to determine which areas of your home may be causing energy to be wasted
  • Inspect windows to ensure that weatherstripping is in good condition and that there are no cracks or other problems causing air leakage
Each of these could help prevent blackouts, but they will also help you save money on monthly energy costs. Even a few small changes could add up to significant savings in a short period of time. These changes will benefit you long after the San Onofre nuclear power plant is back up and running at full power.
Now is an excellent time to teach children more about energy conservation. With the future of energy supplies uncertain, it is never too soon to start to teach children the many ways to use electricity in a responsible manner. In fact, children that are taught to do so at a young age will carry the habits they develop now into adulthood.
Should you have any questions about the need for repairs that would render your home more energy efficient, contact us. If you are in the San Diego area, our home energy audits can be helpful in exposing issues that could be costing you money on your utility bills. Those of you in other parts of the Country can visit www.inspectorseek.com to find a qualified home energy auditor in your area. Doing your part to help prevent blackouts could be as simple as making a few needed repairs in and around your home.

Areas Served: We serve the areas listed above as well as many others. If you do not see your city, please contact us. We will be proud to serve your city.
Darin Redding
Written on Saturday, 16 June 2012 00:00 by Darin Redding

Viewed 4295 times so far.
Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Latest articles from Darin Redding

blog comments powered by Disqus

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:38

Housecall Property Inspections

Housecall Property Inspections
6826 Millbrook St.
San Diego, CA 92120