Certain energy efficiency and solar improvements can qualify for federal tax credits up to 30%. 
GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, providing needed savings for families, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, and helping clean our environment.
Solarize is a program brought to you by the Community Environmental Council (CEC) that makes it simple and affordable for homeowners to go solar. Their group purchasing model helps local homeowners install solar electricity at a discounted price through a streamlined and hassle-free process.
CAC seeks to create opportunities to help families achieve stability.  Part of this effort includes offering free weatherization services and other energy services such as appliance repair to lower utility bills for income qualified households in Santa Barbara County.
The County’s Planning and Development Department offers free technical advice from local experts and time and money saving incentives such as reduced plan check fees for applicants who incorporate energy efficiency into their developments.
The Santa Barbara County Water Agency and local water providers offer rebates, education, helpful advice and free water check-ups for homes and businesses to help them save water and money.

The itchy eyes and empty tissue box can only mean one thing: spring is in the air. Even in our own homes, many of us can’t escape these unwelcome signs of the season! While the Central Coast is filled with houses built in the ‘50s and ‘70s, these classic structures often aren’t up to the task of keeping out dust, pollen and other pollutants.

As our go-to spot to socialize, entertain and relax, the living room is a natural place to start when it’s time for a home remodel. But you can do a lot more than upping the size of your TV or springing for a bouncier sofa. In fact, there are a number of energy efficiency upgrades that will help make the center of your home the perfect retreat from summer heat.

While a new coffee table would make a great place to put your feet up at the end of the day, consider some of these options to really transform your space.

As much as we enjoy a stroll outside on a chilly December day, brisk winter air is best enjoyed outdoors.   We’re fortunate to have some beautiful, vintage homes throughout the Central Coast that offer ideal spots to spend this time of year, but we’ve come across quite a few that allow that cool winter air inside through cracks, gaps, leaks and holes. And while it may be among the most common issues we see, it’s also one of the most cost-effective to fix.

Let us know if this or any of these other common troubles sounds familiar.

Whether carving a turkey or decorating cookies, holiday gatherings tend to center around the kitchen. But if the counter tilework looks like it has fond memories of the ‘70s, you may not have time to do the major overhaul you’ve been dreaming of before mom and dad show up with the eggnog. But there are still a number of projects you can take care of now and others to save for later that’ll make your cooking space more energy efficient, comfortable and safe.

Are you getting to the breaking point being greeted day after day by the sound of squeaky, leaky bathroom faucets or the sight of mismatched floor tiles? Is your Pinterest already brimming with pictures of your dream bath? While improving your bathroom’s aesthetic appeal may be your top goal, you’ll be happy to know that a remodel also brings the opportunity to save money, water and energy, all while creating a healthier home.