Energy Efficiency: Modern Dream, Green Machine - Page 6

15 eco-conscious ways to make your home the best that it can be

In a nutshell, the Power-Save 1200 Unit is a small, gray box that stores the reactive power (non-working power) that would otherwise be lost. This allows your appliance motors to push and pull power from the unit, using stored power instead of drawing more from the utility. This process decreases demand from the utility, thereby decreasing Kwh usage and lowering your bill each month.

Power-Save Energy claims that homeowners can save about 25 percent on their energy bill with the 1200 unit. The device may also help with surge protection. The unit is attached to a new 20-amp circuit breaker in any standard 200-amp service panel, located outdoors or indoors. It has a 60-day money-back guarantee and a five-year manufacturer's warranty. Cost is $300.

Photos: Ernie Braun, John Eng, Don Kellog, David Toerge; and courtesy Abril Roofing, BSH Home Appliances Corp., Broan, Hunter Douglas, Lumens Light + Living, Rebarts Interiors, Rejuvenation, Triangle Tube


California Energy Commission:
Dura-Foam Roofing:
Go Solar California:
Kohler Co.:
LaChance Radiant Heating: 800-246-5246
LG Appliances:
Palo Alto Glass:
Power-Save Energy:
Rebarts Interiors:

For your next energy efficiency upgrade project, consider the Eichler Network's team of ' 'Preferred Service Companies':

Radiant heat boilers & tuneups:
• LaChance Radiant Heating (SF Peninsula): 800-246-5246
• Bay Area Plumbing & Heating (Palo Alto to San Mateo):
• Jerry Rothfeld Hydronic Heating Service (Marin & East Bay): 800-478-3060
• Lipp Hydronics (San Jose-Sunnyvale): 650-327-1943
• Reid Heating & Energy, Inc. (Marin & SF): reidheatingand

Roofing insulation:
• Abril Roofing, Inc. (foam):
• Aussie Roofing, Inc. (modified):
• Cal-Pac Roofing (single-ply):
• Done-Rite Roofing (single-ply): 916-801-6550
• Dura-foam, Inc. (foam):

General contractors for wall insulation:
• Keycon, Inc. (S.F. peninsula): 650-965-1256
• Bay West Enterprises (Palo Alto):
• Calvert Ventures (San Mateo area):

• Palo Alto Glass (SF peninsula):
• Blomberg Window Systems (Sacramento): 916-428-8060
• Eichler Solutions (Marin-East Bay):

Insulating window treatments:
• Rebarts Interiors (Palo Alto to San Mateo):