Free Energy Upgrades Come To San Diego

Now that the power’s back on, San Diegans might want to think about how they can use less of the stuff. And what do you know, San Diego Home Energy Upgrade (SDHEU) is offering assistance to residents to help them make their homes more energy efficient, as well as more healthful and safe.

This specific program is actually aimed at low to moderate income residents, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders said. The program will provide free home energy upgrades to eligible participants. As of now, the goal is to upgrade 2,000 homes, and each upgrade is expected to produce 15-20 percent savings in home energy costs. These upgrades are available for residents who meet certain income criteria, as well as for people who use public assistance programs such as Medicaid.

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SDHEU will provide about $1,000 worth of energy upgrades in homes, including attic insulation, air sealing, and air testing and ventilation. Funding for the upgrades will come from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, as well as from San Diego Gas & Electric and the state’s Energy Upgrade California program. The program will be administered by the California Center for Sustainable Energy.

Besides providing free energy-efficiency makeovers for homes, the SDHEU program is also expected to spur job growth, helping the city’s economy. “The San Diego Home Energy Upgrade program fulfills several priorities for our city,” Sanders explained. “It helps residents lower their energy costs, it improves the homes in our communities and it creates jobs for San Diegans.”

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Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.