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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, November 7, 2014

emPower to Host Free Home Energy Workshop Dinner Nov. 18 in Goleta

Free dinner workshop at Petrini’s Italian Restaurant to go over affordable home energy upgrade solutions that help save on utility bills and increase comfort

Goleta, CA, November 7, 2014— emPower Central Coast is inviting single family homeowners to a free dinner workshop November 18th at Petrini’s Italian Restaurant to learn how emPower can help them access easy and affordable home energy upgrades, be more comfortable in their homes and cut down on energy bills. The free workshop will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at Petrini’s, 5711 Calle Real.

emPower Energy Coach Jason Scheurer will present real examples of issues he has seen during site visits at homes throughout Santa Barbara County, such as improperly operating furnaces, leaky ducts, drafty windows and poorly installed insulation. Fixing these common problems will improve a home’s comfort and air quality while also helping to lower utility bills and saving energy. Attendees will also be able to sign up for their own free home energy site visit from Scheurer and speak to him during the event.

“Energy efficiency upgrades go a long way to increasing how comfortable residents are in their homes in both hot and cold weather,” said Scheurer. “Owners of old and new houses are always surprised by the problems I find and how these issues have been affecting their energy bills and level of comfort.”

Attendees will also learn about the energy audit process and how they can take advantage of utility incentives of up to $6,500, how to access low-interest unsecured financing, and the importance of home energy efficiency. Local qualified contractors involved in the emPower Program will also be on hand to answer questions or talk with attendees one-on-one after the presentation.
The event is open to the public and includes dinner. To RSVP, visit www.emPowerSBC.org/events. For more information, please contact emPower Santa Barbara County at (805) 568-3566 or empowersbc@co.santa-barbara.ca.us or visit http://www.empowersbc.org/.

About emPower Central Coast

The emPower program offers voluntary incentives, financing and other services to help single-family homeowners in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties make home energy upgrades easier and more affordable. emPower was originally established by Santa Barbara County to help the community preserve the environment by helping to lower energy consumption and stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market.

emPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas & Electric under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program and the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. emPower’s low cost financing is offered in partnership with Coast Hills Federal Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union. More information at www.empowersbc.org.

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