Guadalupe Homeowners “Empowered” at Home Energy Workshop

Santa Barbara County homeowners seeking to make energy-smart home improvements to increase home comfort while lowering their utility bills were welcomed at a free BBQ and workshop on Thursday, March 8th in Guadalupe.

emPowerSBC and Energy Upgrade California teamed up to host the event, which provided homeowners with information and access to low cost financing, qualified contractors and big utility rebates – all aimed at helping them make energy and cost saving changes to their homes. The workshop also introduced homeowners to qualified contractors trained in the latest home performance techniques. In addition to helping homeowners achieve benefits like energy savings, and better indoor living environments, every project completed helps improve the environment and create local jobs.

“As we continue to hold these community workshops, it’s apparent that homeowners want to upgrade the comfort and efficiency of their homes, but need some help,” said Angie Hacker, Program Manager for emPowerSBC “Through our partnership with the City of Guadalupe, Energy Upgrade CA, our lenders and contractors we’ve created a simple and affordable pathway to complete home energy upgrades.”

The City of Guadalupe has pledged to ‘emPower’ 25 homes in Guadalupe in 2012 by informing local homeowners about emPowerSBC and Energy Upgrade CA resources. City of Guadalupe City Administrator Regan Candelario hopes to help address some of the concerns homeowners face in their aging homes, including broken heaters, poor insulation and air sealing, single paned windows, and high utility bills.

The BBQ and workshop was the fourth in a series of emPowerSBC community events that will be held throughout the County. Currently, emPowerSBC is accepting applicants for the program as well as seeking local, licensed contractors to provide the work.

The next homeowner workshop will be held in Carpinteria. For more information, log on to or call 805-568-3566.

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