BASS LAKE LEVEL FORECAST : Bass Lake Water Level Is Forecast for 2022 To Be 99%
Currently, the Bass Lake water level is approximately 65% full. PG&E reported in their forecast as of March 14th is for the lake level to be at an elevation of 3,372 feet at its peak in early June, which is four (4) feet from full, or nearly 100%. This is based upon receiving a normal amount of precipitation over the next couple of months. Precipitation in our area is only about 60% of average so far this season, but they have let all runoff this past winter stay in the lake which is expected to raise the level over last year.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG! PG&E BASS LAKE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT SALE UPDATE
At a Bass Lake Town Hall Meeting (Zoom) on March 17th PG&E gave an update on the status of their sale of the Crane Valley Project. The Project consists of five powerhouses, other facilities on 738 acres of Federal land, and the Bass Lake storage reservoir. Spokesperson Janet Walther said they received six Preliminary Bids last November and from those they selected what they deemed the three best
qualified. They conducted site visits with all three and provided additional information and answered questions. They expect final bids from them in April, likely taking 4-6 weeks to review. Once their final selection is made PG&E will begin drafting a final purchase agreement which, due to its complexity, could take up to a year to finalize. Completion of the sale requires FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission) approval with closing anticipated by the end of 2024.
PG&E operates the Project under a FERC license issued in 2003 that runs for 40 years to 2043. The license was issued ”…to allow PG&E to generate needed electric power while protecting and enhancing environmental resources”. It includes extensive conditions regulating the operation of the lake, and it requires that various
management plans for recreation, shore line management, wildlife habitat, etc. be prepared and periodically updated providing an opportunity for public and stakeholder input. The purchaser of the Project will need to conform to these license operating conditions, so we don’t see a significant change in operations that will adversely affect the recreational use of the lake and its surrounding National Forest Lands.
BASS LAKE UPCOMING EVENTS
BASS LAKE ARTS & CRAFT FAIR – April 15, 16, 17, 2022
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT THE PINES – April 17, 2022
EASTER FUN IN THE PINES VILLAGE – April 17, 2022
SPECIAL EASTER MENU AT DUCEY’S – April 17, 2022
BASS LAKE ARTS & CRAFT FAIR – May 6, 7, 8, 2022
For additional information regarding above events, please see www.basslake.com.
41ST ANNUAL BASS LAKE FISHING DERBY April 30 – May 1, 2022
For additional information regarding the derby, please see www.basslakechamber.com/fishing-derby.
YOSEMITE HALF MARATHON – BASS LAKE May 7, 2022
For additional information regarding the half marathon, please visit www.YosemiteHalfMarathon.com.
Demand for Second Homes In The U.S. Hits Highest Level In A Year
Second Foreclosure Crisis Unlikely
Interest is up 87% compared to pre-pandemic levels, just below its peak of 90% in September 2020.
Demand for vacation homes in the U.S. picked up pace in January, up 87% compared to pre pandemic levels, the highest in a year, according to a Thursday report from Redfin.
Interest in second homes is just below the peak recorded in September 2020, when demand for vacation digs was up 90% compared to the same time in 2019, the property portal said.
The growth significantly outpaced demand for primary residences, which was up 42% in January compared to pre pandemic levels.
“Demand for second homes was strong in January as buyers tried to lock in relatively low mortgage payments,” Taylor Marr, Redfin’s deputy chief economist, said in the report.
“Mortgage rates surpassed 3.5% in January for the first time since March 2020, encouraging buyers who were on the fence about purchasing a vacation home to commit before rates increase
No surprise, the increased demand has caused prices to surge in seasonal locales, according to the report.
Hop Over To The Pines Resort For 5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Enjoy FREE and family friendly games, entertainment, crafts, pictures with Easter Bunny, face painting and more… Bring your own basket (1 per child) to collect some of the 10,000+ eggs. Find a “Special egg” to
redeem for a special prize.
41st Annual Fishing Derby
Over $25,000 in tagged fish!
Registration opens February 15, 2022.
Registration closes at 9 am on Saturday, April 30th. Click for more info www.basslakechamber.com/fishing-derby.
Preparing Your HVAC System for Summer
Are you ready for summer? No, not the beach and barbecues kind of summer, we’re talking about your home’s air conditioning system.
Summer is a time when your AC will be working overtime, so it’s important to make sure that it’s in good condition before the temperatures start rising. In this blog post, we’ll talk about some tips for preparing HVAC systems for summer. So read on to learn more!
Change Air Filter
A dirty air filter can restrict airflow and cause your AC to work harder than necessary, which can lead to higher energy bills and premature wear and tear.
In some cases, dirty air filters can even cause your AC to fail entirely. A fresh air filter will help your system to run more efficiently, resulting in lower energy bills and improved indoor air quality.
Replace air filters on a regular basis to help to extend the life of your AC unit.
With just a little bit of effort, you can keep your AC running smoothly all summer long.
Clean Or Replace Thermostat
A dirty thermostat can cause your air conditioning unit to work harder than necessary, which can lead to higher energy bills and premature wear and tear.
By cleaning or replacing your thermostat with a programmable thermostat, you can help guarantee that your air conditioner works efficiently and effectively when summer starts.
Inspect Ducts For Leaks
Most people think of their ductwork as something that’s out of sight and out of mind.
But the truth is, your air ducts play a vital role in your home’s comfort and efficiency. That’s why it’s important to have them inspected for leaks on a regular basis.
Leaks in your ductwork can not only make your home less comfortable, but they can also lead to higher energy bills.
In addition, leaks can allow dust and other contaminants to enter your ductwork, which can worsen allergies and respiratory problems.
Check The Refrigerant Levels In AC Unit
When refrigerant level is low, it means that your AC unit is not able to cool your home as effectively.
As a result, your home will be subject to higher temperatures and your energy bills will be higher.
In addition, if the refrigerant level is too low, it can damage your air conditioning and require expensive repairs.
Vacuum The Coils On The Back Of AC Unit
Coils help to regulate the flow of coolant through the system, and they can become clogged with dust and dirt.
Vacuuming the coils helps to remove this build-up and other debris, which can improve the efficiency of your air conditioning
unit and help it to withstand the demands of the summer heat.
In addition, vacuuming the coils helps to prevent them from
freezing during operation, which can cause damage to the unit.
Schedule An Air Conditioning System Tune-up
A tune-up can help to ensure that your system is in good working order and will be able to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long.
The benefits of a tune-up include extended equipment life, improved system efficiency, and reduced repair costs.
During a tune-up, a technician will clean your HVAC unit and perform any necessary repairs.
This will help to prolong the life of your air conditioning and prevent costly breakdowns in the future.
In addition, a tune-up can help to improve indoor air quality by removing dirt and debris from the system.
Check Windows And Doors For drafts
Drafty windows and doors can let in hot air. When warm air leaks into your home, it can make your air conditioner work overtime to keep things cool – that can lead to some pretty high energy bills.
By sealing drafty areas, you can help keep your home cool and save money on your energy bills.
That’s why it’s important to check your windows and doors for drafts before the summer heat hits. By sealing up any gaps, you’ll help keep your home comfortable – and your energy bills under control.
Consider Upgrading HVAC System
Most people think that the main benefit of upgrading their AC system is that it will save them money on their energy bills.
Another big benefit is that it can help your system run more efficiently, which means it won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool during the summer months.
You’ll likely see a decrease in your repair and maintenance costs, as well as an increase in the lifespan of your system.
Use A Whole-House Fan To Supplement Air Conditioner
A whole-house fan is a large fan that is installed in the attic and pulls cool air from outside into the home to supplement your air conditioner and reduce energy usage.
Using a whole-house fan can help to prepare your HVAC system for summer by removing dust and debris.
Use Window Treatments To Keep Home Cooler
By closing blinds or curtains during the day, you can prevent heat from coming in and make your home feel cooler.
In addition, window treatments can also help to protect your furniture and floors from fading.
When it’s time to prepare your HVAC system for the summer heat, window treatments can be a valuable tool.
By blocking out the sun, you can reduce the amount of work your air conditioner has to do and help keep your energy bills down.
Use Fans To Circulate Air In Your Home
By circulating the air in your home, ceiling fans help to even out temperature differences and make your space more comfortable.
Circulating air can help reduce the overall workload of your AC unit, prolonging its lifespan.
Limit The Use Of Heat-Generating Appliances
Heat-generating appliances can cause your home’s temperature to rise, putting strain on your cooling system.
By limiting the use of heat-generating appliances, you can help reduce the load on your AC system.
Implement a home energy audit
Home energy audits are a great way to prepare your home for the summer heat.
By assessing your home’s energy efficiency, you can identify areas where your home is losing cool air and make necessary improvements.
Well, there you have your top tips for homeowners on how to get their home AC unit prepared for summer and working properly!
Remember, the key is to start early and don’t wait until the last minute.
We hope you have a cool and comfortable summer!
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