California Living & Energy provides a broad array of energy-efficiency testing and services,
designed to identify areas where efficiency opportunities exist and provide subsequent
recommendations for improvement. California Living & Energy offers the following services:
Online Energy Calculations (All States)
A simple and easy process. Fill out the forms click and pay, and you are on your way.
Want energy calculations now. Simply input your homes information in the specified areas,
and we will automaticlly generate a report for you. All you have to do is submit it to your
local building ordinance.
HERS (Home Energy Rating Systems)
The California Energy Commission is required by Public Resources Code Section 25942 to
establish regulations for a statewide HERS Program to certify home energy rating services
in California. The goal of the program is to provide reliable information to differentiate
the energy efficiency levels among California homes and to guide investment in cost-effective
home energy efficiency measures. Phase I of the California HERS regulations, which became
effective on June 17, 1999, established field verifications and diagnostic testing services
administered by Energy Commission-approved Providers. The Energy Commission has a process for
certifying HERS Raters who perform third-party inspections when verification of duct sealing,
thermostatic expansion valves (TXVs), refrigerant charge, airflow measurement, and building
envelope sealing measures are used to comply with Title 24, Part 6, of the Building Energy
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Designs
The Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings were established
in 1978 in response to a legislative mandate to reduce California's energy consumption. The
standards are updated periodically to allow consideration and possible incorporation of new
energy efficiency technologies and methods. California's building efficiency standards (along
with those for energy efficient appliances) have saved more than $56 billion in electricity
and natural gas costs since 1978. It is estimated the standards will save an additional $23 billion
by 2013. The current 2008 standards may be downloaded from the Web page listed, or to obtain a hard copy,
contact the Energy Commission's publications unit at 916-654-5200.
Existing Home Energy Audits
As a certified energy consultant, our detailed inspection and tesing processes identify
specific ways to achieve and maintian higher levels of efficiency. Based upon test findings
and subsequent recommendations, completed home improvements may significantly reduce utility
expenses and may qualify you for cash-back rebates and Federal tax credits. Based upon a design
drawing of your home, in-depth testing and inspection, California Living & Energy will produce
a computed calculation to determine the best-case energy-usage scenario. A detailed report will
illustrate improvement recommendations to maximize potential utility savings. For more information
please contact out corporate office, 209-538-2879.
Energy Star: Qualified New Homes
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than
homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC), and include additional energy-saving
features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes.
For more information visit: http://www.energystar.gov/
Build It Green: Environmental Solutions from the Ground Up
Build It Green is a membership supported non-profit organization whose mission is to promote
healthy, energy- and resource-efficient homes in California. Established in 2003, we offer a
comprehensive package of local government support, professional training, collaboration forums,
consumer education, and green product marketing to a range of stakeholders.
For more information visit: http://www.builditgreen.org
New Solar Homes Partnership Program
The California Energy Commission's New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP) is part
of the comprehensive statewide solar program, known as the California Solar Initiative.
The NSHP provides financial incentives and other support to home builders, encouraging the
construction of new, energy efficient solar homes that save homeowners money on their electric
bills and protect the environment.
For more information visit: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.org
Energy Efficient New Home Tax Credit
This notice sets forth a process under which an eligible contractor who constructs a dwelling
unit (other than a manufactured home) may obtain a certification that the dwelling unit is an
energy efficient home that satisfies the requirements of § 45L(c)(1) (A) and (B) of the Internal Revenue Code. This notice also provides for a public list of software programs that may be used in calculating energy consumption for purposes of obtaining a certification that satisfies the requirements of §45L(d). Guidance relating to manufactured homes will be provided in a separate notice.
For more information visit: http://www.irs.gov/irb/2006-11_IRB/ar12.html
California Advance Homes Program
The CAHP is a comprehensive residential new construction
concept with a cross-cutting focus on energy efficiency, sustainable design and construction, green
building practices, and emerging technologies. Through a combination of education, design assistance
and financial support, the CAHP works with building and related industries to exceed compliance with
the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, 2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards for
Residential and Nonresidential Buildings (Standards), to prepare builder for changes to the
Standards and create future pathways beyond compliance and traditional energy savings objectives.Participation is open to single-family, low and high rise multi-family residential new construction built within Southern California Edison's service territory.
For more information visit: http://www.sce.com/