Starting today, August 15, Santa Barbara’s mobile home owners have a new opportunity to increase their dwellings’ energy efficiency through the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) and Synergy Companies. The program, backed by Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company, “offers free energy-efficient equipment and free installation” coupled with recommendations on how to avoid wasting energy.

Synergy Companies will be providing “compact fluorescent light bulbs, low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators, refrigerator replacement, carbon monoxide testing” among an array of other goodies, including checkups for heat and air leaks, to qualified customers. They also plan on directing those eligible toward other programs that reduce utility bills for income-qualified households by as much as 20 percent.

Matthew Clark, who works as the marketing director for Synergy Companies, said Synergy has been working with various mobile home programs for 10 years, but this will be the first chance for Santa Barbara residents to take advantage of the opportunity with the aid of an income assistance program. “Not only is the program free,” he said, “but we also make people’s homes healthier, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and sometimes more safe.”

Synergy Companies has maintained a strong record of service as well with an “A+” Better Business Bureau rating and 30 decades of partnership with area utility companies. “They really trust us,” Clark said. The program is first come, first serve until funding for energy retrofits and inspections runs out or is terminated. Clark estimated that the company should be able to serve around 600 household units a month.

SCEEP, said representatives, has been a ubiquitous force in cleaner, more efficient energy in the greater Santa Barbara area since 2006, helping homeowners and smaller, growing businesses both financially and informatively to become more competent energy users. “Our job is to encourage energy conservation and programs, to help people get incentives to make energy conservation less costly,” said Jim Dewey, Santa Barbara’s Facilities and Energy manager.

Those interested in signing up for the program can visit or call (888) 988-9829.


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