Residential Services

The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance has many ways to help save energy in your home whether you rent or own. We operate an Energy Resource Center to help connect Ventura County Residents with tips, programs, and services to help them save money and energy. We provide one-on-one phone consultations to help local residents identify available resources and programs they may qualify for. There are many ways to save at home, and here are a few ideas to get you started:

 


 

1. No-Cost Home Energy Consultation

emPower Ventura County provides no-cost, on-site, home energy evaluations with an emPower Energy Coach to qualifying local homeowners of single-family detached homes. During this one-hour home visit, the Energy Coach will conduct a complete walk-through to help homeowners identify factors in their home affecting health, comfort and energy efficiency. The Energy Coach will then help the homeowner prioritize potential projects and connect them to rebates, financing and local contractors. Find out more by calling (805) 654-3834 or visit emPower on the web at www.emPowerSBC.org.

 


 

2. Income Qualified Programs

Lower income households in Ventura County may qualify for free home energy repair services and home energy rate assistance programs for their utility bills. These programs are available to qualified homeowners as well as renters.

  • Weatherization and Home Energy Repair: Community Action of Ventura County can save qualified homeowners and renters/tenants up to 40 percent on utility bills, depending on the home, simply by improving energy efficiency. This can be done by replacing windows, weather-stripping doors, adding insulation, minor home repairs and installing more efficient appliances and products. Find more information on Community Action's website at www.ca-vc.org.
  • Energy Rate Assistance Programs: If you're having trouble making ends meet, you might be eligible for a rate program that could help you save on your gas and electricity bill. The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program provides income-qualified customers with much needed bill relief. To learn more, visit Southern California Edison and the Southern California Gas Company website, and search "CARE".
  • Comprehensive Manufactured Home Program: Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company have partnered with Synergy Companies to offer energy-saving products and services for light fixtures, low-flow shower heads, and pipe-wrap through the Comprehensive Manufactured Home Program. If you're ready to get started, contact Synergy Companies at 1-888-988-9829 to schedule a free evaluation of your mobile home. An energy specialist will come to your home to identify opportunities for you to save, and provide free supplies and installation to help you make your energy upgrades.

 


 

3. Rebates and Incentives

  • Appliance and Insulation Rebates: Thinking of replacing any outdated appliances or insulation? Take advantage of utility rebates and get energy efficient appliances and equipment for your home! Eligible appliances and equipment include water heaters, clothes washers, furnaces, shower heads, insulation, air conditioners, refrigerators and more. For more information on qualifying models and current rebate amounts, visit the Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison and search "Rebates".
  • Rebates for Home Energy Upgrades: Looking for ways to save energy at home while reaping the benefits of improving home comfort, durability, indoor air quality and more? emPower Ventura County offers technical assistance, access to rebates and incentives as well as a pool of qualified local contractors to help with everything from small, single measure improvements to whole-home energy upgrades. Take advantage of incentives up to and exceeding $6,500 through the Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade or Advanced Home Upgrade Programs. emPower Ventura County can help you get started with a free home energy consultation.

 


 

4. Financing Energy Efficiency Improvements

Now that you've reduced the upfront cost of your energy improvements with rebates, pay for the rest with one of the low-cost loan options available to residents of Ventura County.

  • emPower Home Upgrade Loan: emPower Ventura County has partnered with Ventura County Credit Union to offer unsecured loans with low rates and flexible terms up to 15 years in order to achieve manageable monthly costs.
    • Rates starting at 5.90% (fixed, rate based on creditworthiness)
    • Loan amount of $1,000 to $30,000
    • Terms up to 15 years
    • No equity or collateral required
    • No pre-payment penalties (can use pre-payment for one-time re-amortization)
    • No closing costs or fees
    • Approval time in 1 day or less
  • California First Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program: CaliforniaFIRST offers affordable long-term financing that allows you to receive upfront funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency improvements for your home - and to repay on your property tax bill over the course of up to 25 years. CaliforniaFIRST allows you to save money and energy - benefiting both you and your community.

 


 

Still not sure where you should start? Contact VCREA at (805) 654-3874 or vcrea.admin@ventura.org for personalized recommendations.

Free Energy Coach Site Visit, Expert Advice, Incentive Rebates, Qualified Contrators and Low-interest Financing for Energy Efficiency Upgrades
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