If all goes according to plan, Californians like you you may no longer have to cut back on AC usage while struggling with the heat. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the current system for pricing energy bills depends largely on the climate of where you live: the hotter your locale, the higher your energy bills will be, even if you don’t use your AC that much. California wants to do something about that:
Dealing with an issue that has plagued utilities all over the country since the 1990s, California may be first out of the gate with a way to deal with rate fairness. The solution may also set a model that others will follow.
With the State Legislature’s bill AB 327– which appears headed for passage and the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown– energy rates for those in hotter locales, who consume more power to run air conditioning, will be lowered to where they are more even with rates by the breezy seacoast, where the need for fans and air conditioners is less.
The Bill attracted both praise and criticism, but it can’t be denied that this could mean lower operational costs for HVACs in the state. In other words, companies like Day Aire HVAC that provide affordable and energy-efficient solutions for Inland Empire and Rancho Cucamonga air conditioning systems may provide even better services than before. This is important because areas like Southern California are seeing a gradual increase in temperature every year due to climate change. You can sleep well knowing that your energy costs won’t be as expensive as you thought.
AB 327 may not yet be passed into law, but there are other ways for you to make the burden more bearable in the meantime. Energy.gov recommends using central air conditioning units, instead of the smaller, room ACs that people normally use, because these are quieter, more convenient, and consume less power.
Central ACs are also less obstructive since they are installed outside of your house. Determining the right kind of central AC for you can be quite tricky, however, since things like the size of your house, the number of rooms, and the like will have to be considered. You may wish to consult experts from companies like Day Aire, which provides Inland Empire, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario air conditioning for residential and commercial properties.
(From Why running the AC in California’s scorching valleys may get a bit cheaper, The Christian Science Monitor, September 11, 2013)