Choosing energy efficient windows and doors for your home

Who doesn’t love a home with some serious curb appeal? Few things make a bigger impact than new windows and doors, and replacing them has the added bonus of saving you money if you choose energy efficient models. Upgrade your home with a snazzy new look and start living with the benefits immediately. Windows with… Read more »


Preferred contractor spotlight: Sol Reliable

Founded in 2011, Sol Reliable has seen its business grow by leaps and bounds thanks to its emphasis on strong customer service and a comprehensive approach to offering solar electric services. With offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sol Reliable has added a wide mix of services under an umbrella they call green energy… Read more »


Using ground source heat pumps for year-round comfort

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) are a low-energy, low-maintenance way to heat and cool your home. By drawing from the ground temperature, GSHPs provide an energy-efficient way for transferring heat to or from the home. Also called geothermal heat pumps, GSHPs are helping homeowners keep their home comfortable throughout the year. At CaliforniaFIRST, we’ll help… Read more »


The need-to-know basics of wind energy

Utility-scale wind power is providing clean, reliable energy for cities and towns throughout the country. Smaller, residential wind turbines are gaining popularity as an option for homeowners looking to make a renewable energy upgrade. At CaliforniaFIRST, we’re here to help you finance your wind energy upgrade. Converting wind to electricity Windmills, the predecessors to wind… Read more »


Saving hundreds a month with CaliforniaFIRST

What would you do with an extra several hundred dollars a month in your household budget if you no longer had to pay sky-high rates on your electric bill? Los Angeles County homeowner Paul Moffat gets to answer that question thanks to his new solar system that he financed with CaliforniaFIRST. Paul had been looking… Read more »


The bright future of solar power

It’s no secret that electricity rates are on the rise across the US. In California, electricity rates rose 30% between 2006 and 2012, according to the Department of Energy. Some analysts predict the price has the potential to increase yet another 47% over just the next 15 years. When the average California home uses around… Read more »