As longtime renters, Jordan and Jessica Sager were excited to purchase their very first home. Given that Jordan works for UCSB on energy efficiency and sustainability projects, they knew that they wanted to get a Home Energy Assessment to get an understanding of its efficiency.
The Sagers chose to work with emPower participating contractor Allen Energy. “After conducting the assessment, Allen Energy gave us a lot of options to choose from, providing us the flexibility to do the project we wanted,” said Jordan......read more
Charlie and Paula Johnson were thinking about installing solar to address high energy bills when they met Allen Energy at a local home show. “Originally we wanted to do solar only. Our electric bills were really high and we want to lower our overhead since we are both retired” said Paula.
However, after meeting with Allen Energy they became interested in not just an efficient home but also a healthy and comfortable one. “We did a 180 degree switch after having a home energy assessment. Our daughter and granddaughter live with us. We had to make our house healthier before we could worry about reducing our electricity bill with solar....read more
The Rosenthals were considering purchasing a distressed property in Solvang that was in bad shape. All the windows were single paned, there was no burner for the water heater, no insulation and the furnace was unusable.
“I loved the property but we didn’t know how we would pay to make the needed improvements. Then I attended an emPower workshop and learned about the rebates and financing. emPower made it possible to go ahead and buy the home without having to worry about how I would pay to make repairs” said Kathy Rosenthal.....read more
The Kushnerov family’s first step to making home energy upgrades was to assess before they invested. They started out by attending a homeowner workshop hosted by the emPower program so they could gather information on available financing, incentives and meet contractors.
“We were interested in making our home more energy efficient. After getting information at the workshop and having our home energy assessment, we decided that it was a good long-term investment.The timing just made sense with the available rebates and tax credits.” said Valerie Kushnerov, the homeowner.....read more
After inheriting a Santa Maria home with some deferred maintenance issues, the Davis family decided it needed some upgrades. “As part of a whole house remodel, we thought it made sense to improve on the energy efficiency of the home,” said Mike Davis, homeowner.
“Halsell assisted us with the different options that were available, and made sure that we were aware of the incentives available for upgrading the existing home to an energy efficient one” said the homeowner....read more
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