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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 25, 2015

emPower to Host Homeowner Workshop in Goleta Sept. 29

Santa Barbara Vintners emPower to Host Homeowner Workshop in Goleta Sept. 29

emPower staff will offer advice on how to improve home energy efficiency, save money and keep homes comfortable

Goleta, Calif., Sept. 18, 2015— With summer temperatures still spiking and cooler weather not too far off, the County of Santa Barbara emPower program will give tips on how local homeowners can improve the indoor comfort and air quality of their homes all year round during a free workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

The County-operated program will hold its workshop 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Goleta Valley Community Center, 5679 Hollister Ave., where emPower Energy Coach Jason Scheurer will present real examples of energy efficiency issues he has seen in local homes. He’ll go over recommendations for fixing these common troubles, such as improperly operating furnaces, leaky ducts, drafty windows and poorly installed insulation.

“Getting a jump on home energy efficiency now is going to save you cash on heating bills once the temperatures come down, and it’ll also help keep your home cool next summer when temperatures heat up,” said Scheurer. “We’ve inspected hundreds of homes, and all of them – old, new and remodeled – were facing some troubles that were costing homeowners money.”

Scheurer will be on hand to answer any questions after the presentation. Attendees will also be able to schedule a free home energy site visit from Scheurer for a comprehensive look at home energy performance.

Participants who RSVP for the workshop will receive a FREE Water and Energy Saving Kit, including three faucet aerators and a low-flow showerhead. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their Southern California Gas account number, but this is not required.

The event is open to the public and includes light refreshments. For more information or to RSVP, contact emPower Central Coast at 805-568-3566 or mhanson@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.

About emPower Central Coast
The emPower program was established by Santa Barbara County to help the community preserve the environment by lowering energy consumption and stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market. The program recently expanded its services to Ventura County and San Luis Obispo residents as emPower Central Coast.

emPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas and Electric Company 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 Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union. More information at www.empowersbc.org.

Contact

Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322

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