Posted on November 27, 2012

Fresno: Home Energy Tune-Up Program Making a Difference

The success and benefits of the Home Energy Tune-Up program were touted Monday (Nov. 26) by Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin and California Energy Commission Chair Robert Weisenmiller at a Fresno home that already has undergone energy upgrades.

The free, in-home assessments identify specific ways that homeowners can save money on their utility bills by making no-cost and low-cost changes in their homes.

“The Home Energy Tune-Up Program has been a great collaboration of local, state and federal governments working with the private sector to provide needed assistance to homeowners,” said Swearengin. “These home energy audits, provided at no cost to the homeowner, are helping families save anywhere from $300 to $2,400 per year on their power bills and are promoting related business activity and workforce development in this field.”

The program – funded with an initial $2.9 million from the state Energy Commission – already has provided free home energy assessments to more than 2,500 homes. Of these, a total of 925 homes have received energy efficiency retrofits generating $4.8 million in business activity in the region. The program is currently offered in Fresno and Madera counties; it had been offered in Tulare, Kings and Kern counties until May and might resume in these counties should additional funding become available. (Click here to see a Fresno television news report about the program earlier this year.)

Speaking at the home of Juan and Amy Arambula in Fresno, Swearengin and Weisenmiller encouraged more Fresno-Madera homeowners to sign up for the Home Energy Tune-Up program. The Arambula’s home has undergone recent energy upgrades.

“This local program is a good example of a targeted and effective energy efficiency home retrofit effort that is leveraging dollars from the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Energy and PG&E,” said Weisenmiller.

Robert Carlson, PG&E’s energy solutions and service manager in Fresno, said the utility is excited to partner with the city of Fresno on a program that can save customers thousands on their energy bills. “Through rebates and reduced energy use, this program truly puts money back in our customers’ pocket, which is especially meaningful during the holidays,” he said.

The assessment can take anywhere from three to four hours after an appointment is scheduled. Once it is finished, the homeowner will receive:

  • a detailed report recommending energy efficiency improvements
  • no-cost and low-cost ideas for saving energy
  • information on available rebates, incentives and financing options for additional upgrades.

To schedule a free home energy assessment, call (855) 621-3733 or click here for an online application and additional information about the program on the city of Fresno’s website.





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