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Water board sets budget calendar for upcoming fiscal year

By late April customers of the Ramona Municipal Water District are slated to receive their notices of proposed water rates that will go into effect on July 1, according to the district’s tentative budget calendar.

At its Feb. 26 meeting, RMWD directors approved the budget calendar for the 2013-14 fiscal year that begins July 1. The following dates are tentative, said district staff, and subject to change, depending on water rate information from the San Diego County Water Authority, the sole supplier of water to RMWD.

Eldercare at home: cultivating greater balance for the Sandwich Generation

Mirabella Care Inc. | Eldercare At Home

We’re all familiar with the distinguishing characteristics of Gen X, Gen Y and the Baby Boomer generation. But what happens when you put them all together under one roof? According to a recent report for CBS News, approximately 16 million adults across the country are finding out, as they suddenly find themselves occupied not only with parenting duties, but also with providing eldercare at home for aging parents. These dual caregivers have been dubbed “the Sandwich Generation,” and their numbers are set to increase rapidly over the next 25 years.

Solar-powered electric vehicles yield major savings for local consumers

Solare Energy | Jose Luis Contreras

Government agencies, manufacturers and consumers alike are seeking transportation alternatives in the wake of rising gas prices – and where hybrid cars once led the fuel-efficient auto market, electric cars are now taking their place. As electric cars become increasingly common, consumers stand to benefit in more ways than one: by eliminating the need for gasoline, electric vehicles not only cut fuel costs, but also provide owners the opportunity to use solar power to achieve even greater savings for both transportation and home energy use overall.

Combine solar power and energy efficiency to maximize consumer savings

Solare Energy San Diego

Summer has a tendency to send energy costs skyrocketing; and each year, as the days begin to shorten and fall draws near, consumers throughout the country vow to end outrageous energy bills – no matter what it takes. For some, the solution may be to simply suffer the season without air conditioning; for others, solar panel systems seem like the best possible alternative. But as it turns out, the most effective way to balance both comfort and consumer savings lies in a blend of cost-effective energy efficiency measures and smaller, less expensive solar systems: and according to industry experts, this combination yields not only optimal savings, but also lower costs for consumers in the long run.