About the Program

emPower was initially developed by the County of Santa Barbara to help homeowners countywide overcome obstacles to making energy saving improvements to their homes. We are now also partnering with the Counties of San Luis Obispo and Ventura to offer program services throughout the Tri-County region. By making home upgrade projects easier and more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice, emPower helps homeowners be more comfortable in their homes and lower utility bills.  

emPower has teamed up with the statewide Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade and California Solar Initiative programs, which allow homeowner to take advantage of high-dollar utility rebates.  We partner with CoastHills Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union to offer unsecured loans with low rates and flexible terms of loan repayment up to 15 years in order to achieve manageable monthly costs. 

The program is funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act via the U.S. Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings program and the California Energy Commission. emPower is also funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.