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Energy Efficiency, Auditing & Retrofits

Energy Efficiency for Homes & Businesses

Energy usage is important to track in your home or business because electricity and gas can account for a large chunk of your monthly bills. This site can help you: 

  • Make simple changes in everyday habits to reduce usage.
  • Learn more about upgrading your appliances and electronics.
  • Find information about energy audits and retrofits.

Much like the miles per gallon (MPG) rating on cars, EnergyStar is a rating system to measure various appliances with regards to efficiency. Thanks to advances in technology, newer appliances will almost always be more efficient than older models.

Benefits of upgrading to energy efficient models:

  • Better performance
  • Energy savings
  • Improved comfort
  • More reliable

Here are two resources for tracking and monitoring your home and/or business energy consumption: 

Energy Star Portfolio Manager
Energy Upgrade CA: Smart Meters

What are the First Steps?

Daily habits have a large impact on utility bills. Combining enery wasting habits with inefficient appliances means you're probably spending a great deal of extra money. Luckily, simply turning down the thermostat a few degrees can make a noticeable difference in heating and cooling costs. Opening windows during the day can help reduce cooling costs in the summer, while opening blinds in the winter can warm the house. Be sure to check out Simple Steps for more information about fast and affordable changes you can make right now.

Ready to Upgrade?

Once you have taken some Simple Steps to increase energy efficiency, identifying areas for investment in your home is the next thing you can do. If your house is drafty, you have high energy bills, or you have questions about energy efficiency upgrades, check out emPower, a program that offers free in-home energy consultations by a licensed professional. This energy coach can identify areas of your home that can be improved to help reduce heating and cooling costs. After the initial consultation, the energy coach will make energy upgrade recommendations for the homeowner and recommend qualified contractors who can install the upgrades. emPower will also help you finance your project. Learn more. After the consultation, you’re well on your way to a more comfortable home.  

Find out more information on money and energy saving strategies and programs for residents, businesses, and municipalities on the San Luis Obispo Regional Energy Alliance wepsite. 

You can also learn more about rebates and incentives on our Rebates page.

Community Action Partnership SLO (CAPSLO) is a community program for low-income and senior households offering weatherization services through utility companies and offer assistance through the federally funded programs: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), and Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Learn More