Directory of Heating Contractors in San Francisco, CA
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About San Francisco
There are many heating and plumbing contractors located within the city of San Francisco to serve its estimated 765,000 people. Additional professionals can be found in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the cities of San Jose, San Carlos, Berkeley, and Sausalito.
The Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association of San Francisco is a membership organization that promotes heating and cooling contractors. Business and individuals who join enjoy benefits like marketing and networking opportunities, training, and representation in local and national legal processes. For more information about the PHCCSF, call 916-925-7390.
Landlords in San Francisco are required by law to provide their tenants with a heat source that will maintain an inside temperature of 68 degrees from the hours of 5AM to 11AM and 3PM to 10PM. If a landlord does not provide the specified amount of heat to hotels and apartment buildings, tenants can report the problem to the Department of Building Inspection at 415-558-6220. The inspector should come to the unit and make written records of the problem.
There are several other steps residents can take if they are not able to heat their rented homes due to a landlord's neglect. First, the tenant should provide the landlord with a written notice of the problem. Tenants should include specific temperatures and times and keep a copy of the letter. A tenant can also seek help in resolving the problem from a counselor at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, which can be reached at 415-703-8644 from Monday through Thursday.
Alternative Energy in San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the hubs of alternative energy use and other sustainable living methods. The SFGreasecycle program, for example, which is sponsored by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, collects free used cooking oil from restaurants for conversion into biodiesel fuel. The city plans to use the biodiesel to power its many vehicles, including buses and fire trucks.
Aid for Upgrading Energy Systems
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission provides San Francisco residents rebates between $2000 and $4000 for installing photovoltaic systems in their homes. The system must have a minimum 1-kilowatt capacity to be eligible for the program. Systems installed by local installers and systems installed in homes in low-income areas are eligible for even higher rebate amounts. Residents who receive this rebate are also eligible for federal tax credits and participation in the California Solar Initiative program.
The $3.2 billion California Solar Initiative provides funding for organizations, businesses and individuals to install solar power systems. It gives participants an upfront amount of money depending on the expected output of energy their system will have. Residents in the Bay Area can get more information about this program by calling 1-800-743-5000.
San Francisco has a very cool, steady temperature throughout the year. Average low temperatures in the winter dip into the mid-forties and highs top out in the low seventies. The city sees its heaviest precipitation in the winter, with an average of about five inches of snow in January. In chilly, wet winters, heating systems make San Francisco residents more comfortable.
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