Energy-Efficiency Program Saved Santa Barbara Businesses $1 Million

Direct Install Gave Companies $5,000 in Eco-Friendly, Low-Cost Lighting

In the past year, over 1,000 businesses and non-profit organizations in Santa Barbara County have saved over $1 million in energy costs and enough energy to power about 1,200 homes for a year.

Last year, the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) created the Direct Install Program, meant to conserve energy by giving up to $5,000 per business in energy efficient lighting and offering free installation. Southern California Edison, along with the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Santa Barbara are the members of SCEEP. The partnership holds local events and uses educational methods to provide solutions for homes and businesses on how to reduce energy use.

Funded by California utility ratepayers, the Direct Install Program is administered by Southern California Edison, under the California Public Utilities Commission. The program helped 1,053 businesses in Carpinteria, Goleta, Isla Vista, Montecito, Santa Barbara, and Summerland save a total of $1,035,853.05 in energy expenses and 6,885,687 kilowatt-hours of energy use. “It is especially gratifying, in today’s economy, that we were able to cut energy costs for so many local businesses and non-profits and at the same time reduce our environmental footprint,” said Jane Brown, SCEEP spokesperson and SCE Public Affairs Manager, in a press release.

For more information on how to save energy and money, visit SCEEP’s website.

Adriana Zyskowski is an Independent intern.

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