Here at the SJVCEO we've been working frantically applying for Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grants through the California Energy Commission for the past several months. Well, good news, the application is in for the 32 cities and three counties involved in the Clean Energy Partnership. We're waiting now on approval and getting started on installation of energy efficiency retrofits. In the meantime, I've had a little time to scour the Web and learn more about the various technologies we'll be installing. One concept that captured my interest is solar water heating. It offers a much faster return on investment than installation of solar panels and is a good match geographically for Valley homes. The altestore.com has a couple of great detailed videos on the subject offered free of charge. Systems can be had for $3,000 to $6,000, depending on wants and desires and last about 30 years, the site said.