Energy Roadshow Takes Statewide Tour

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Mobile exhibit guides residents to home energy savings

CCSE sent its newly developed Energy Upgrade California Roadshow, a mobile educational exhibit about home energy efficiency, on a statewide tour in November, visiting 13 venues in 10 cities from San Diego to San Francisco in just more than two weeks.

From the Farmer’s Market in Pacific Palisades to the GreenBuild Conference in San Francisco to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s homeowner workshop, the Roadshow staff reached out to tens of thousands of Californians in their quest to make our Golden State more energy efficient and a little greener. They were able to secure hundreds of new leads for home assessments for home performance contractors participating in Energy Upgrade California™.

CCSE’s Energy Upgrade California Roadshow is the second mobile exhibit in a trailer that the center has built to inform and inspire Californians to learn about and install energy-saving improvements in their homes. The new Roadshow promotes the concepts and benefits of Energy Upgrade California, a program of the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission to reduce residential energy use, curb greenhouse gas emissions and create more comfortable and healthy homes.

The Energy Upgrade California Roadshow was unveiled during an event atCCSE that marked the closing of the San Diego Energy Resource Center on Nov. 1. California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister and Irene Stillings, formerCCSE executive director, were among the guest speakers.

Energy Upgrade California provides a “whole house” approach that focuses on a house as a system and looks at how various elements affect energy use. The program presents residents with an array of improvements to increase home health, comfort and safety while saving money on their utility bills.

”By using the whole-house performance approach, homeowners can improve their energy efficiency with deeper energy reductions and achieve higher energy cost savings,” said Jack Clark,CCSE’s senior manager for building performance. “The Roadshow is a one-stop information resource for Californians to learn how Energy Upgrade California can help them understand their options to make the best energy decisions and improvements.”

Through Energy Upgrade California, local governments and utilities are supporting a suite of consumer and contractor resources including incentives, rebates and financing options. Rebates range from $1,000 to $4,000, depending on the energy savings achieved.

The Energy Upgrade California Roadshow is funded in part by the Department of Energy in support of the goals of its Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. The Roadshow’s statewide tour was supported by the California Public Utilities Commission.

To learn more about the Roadshow or to inquire about booking it for an event, visit www.energycenter.org/roadshow.

Chuck Colgan