First Seen in The Santa Barbara Independent, August 15, 2011, written by Cole Connley
Starting today, August 15, Santa Barbara’s mobile home owners have a new opportunity to increase their dwellings’ energy efficiency through the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) and Synergy Companies. The program, backed by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, “offers free energy-efficient equipment and free installation” coupled with recommendations on how to avoid wasting energy.
Synergy Companies will be providing “compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, refrigerator replacement, carbon monoxide testing” among an array of other goodies, including checkups for heat and air leaks, to qualified customers. They also plan on directing those eligible toward other programs that reduce utility bills for income-qualified households by as much as 20 percent.
Matthew Clark, who works as the marketing director for Synergy Companies, said Synergy has been working with various mobile home programs for 10 years, but this will be the first chance for Santa Barbara residents to take advantage of the opportunity with the aid of an income assistance program. “Not only is the program free,” he said, “but we also make people’s homes healthier, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and sometimes more safe.”
Synergy Companies has maintained a strong record of service as well with an “A+” Better Business Bureau rating and 3 decades of partnership with area utility companies. “They really trust us,” Clark said. The program is first come, first serve until funding for energy retrofits and inspections runs out or is terminated. Clark estimated that the company should be able to serve around 600 household units a month.
SCEEP, said representatives, has been a ubiquitous force in cleaner, more efficient energy in the greater Santa Barbara area since 2006, helping homeowners and smaller, growing businesses both financially and informatively to become more competent energy users. “Our job is to encourage energy conservation and programs, to help people get incentives to make energy conservation less costly,” said Jim Dewey, Santa Barbara’s Facilities and Energy manager.
ESEI Launches Mobile Home Energy Efficiency Program in the Eastern Sierra
Article first found in Sierra Wave, News From the Town Manager, September 20, 2011
A leader in the continuing effort to make the Eastern Sierra region as energy efficient as possible, the Eastern Sierra Energy Initiative (ESEI) will launch the Comprehensive Mobile Home Program on TBD. The Comprehensive Mobile Home Program is administered by Southern California Edison (SCE) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission through a contract awarded to Synergy Companies, an energy management vendor, to help utility customers achieve their energy-savings goals. This unique program not only provides recommendations that can help customers save energy and money, it also offers free energy-efficient equipment and free installation. Some of the free items that eligible customers may qualify for include interior and exterior compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and fixtures, faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and pipe wrap! Synergy Companies also helps mobile home owners identify and reduce heat and air leaks in their ducting systems through duct test and seal. Synergy Companies will also provide information to income-qualified mobile home owners about income assistance programs offered by SCE. Through these special programs, income-qualified households may be eligible to receive a reduction of up to 20% on their electric bills. All products and services are offered at no cost to the customer with funding provided by California utility ratepayers. This program is available on a first-come, first served basis to qualifying customers until allocated funds are depleted and may be modified or terminated without notice. Customer eligibility is based upon prior participation records, and some programs require income screening, proof of home ownership documentation, and climate zone restrictions. Participants must live in Inyo or Mono Counties and be customers of Southern California Edison. Additional terms and conditions apply.