LB Gas and Oil partners with SCE to offer rebates to homeowners for energy-conservation projects

Stephanie Raygoza
Staff Writer

Long Beach residents will have the opportunity to receive up to $1,280 in energy rebates for performing whole-house energy-conservation projects under a new joint partnership between the Long Beach Gas and Oil Department (LBGO) and Southern California Edison (SCE) Company that was announced earlier this month.
On Oct. 11, the Long Beach City Council authorized the city manager to allow the partnership with SCE in offering the rebates to their joint customers through the Energy Upgrade California Program. Qualifying projects under the Energy Upgrade California Program can also receive additional rebates offered by SCE and Los Angeles County under the same program.
As additionally stated on the program website on Oct. 25, Signal Hill residents will also be able to take advantage of the same energy upgrade rebates and incentives.
“We’re very supportive of the rebate program that has been established between Southern California Edison and the City of Long Beach,” said 5th District Councilmember Gerrie Schipske. “We encourage people to take advantage of that because that can be between $320 and $1,280.”
The LBGO rebate program funds are limited, available on a first-come, first-served basis and are retroactive. Residents can review rebate information found on the program website and contact LBGO with any other specific rebate questions.
The Energy Upgrade California Program is collaboration between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, utilities, local governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and it was designed to promote energy efficiency and renewable-energy projects for homes and businesses. The program also helps train contractors and building professionals on providing such services.
“Just finding out if your home is energy efficient is a good idea anyway because down the line you can make some decisions as to what kind of appliances and other things you need to do to make your home efficient,” Schipske said.
The program is currently available for single-family detached homes and is anticipated to phase in multifamily properties (two-plus units) and commercial properties in late 2011. Program upgrades are available in two rebate packages: basic upgrade package and advanced upgrade package.
The basic upgrade package consists of seven required elements designed to improve energy efficiency by approximately 10 percent, and the advanced upgrade package is customized for the property owner based on achieved energy savings between 10 to 40 percent.
Residents interested in taking advantage of one of the packages can be connected with home energy professionals, including participating contractors and whole-house home energy raters, who are specifically trained for the program.

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