Energy EFFICIENCY Resources

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   Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

An extensive list of important questions to ask a contractor before hiring. This information will help homeowners be better equipped to ensure that they are hiring the right contractor for their needs.

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California State License Board (CSLB)

Provides information on the licensing, workers compensation and bonding status of contractors.  CSLB is a state agency that provides regulatory oversight to the State's construction industry and home improvement contractors.

energy upgrade ca    Energy Upgrade California

A state-wide initiative that serves as a hub for homeowners who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  The program can help make your home more comfortable, improve air quality, help save energy and  possibly lower energy bills.

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ENERGY STAR

Provides an Home Energy Yardstick application that allows you to measure your  energy efficiency and offers insights into how much of your home's energy use is  related to heating and cooling versus other uses like appliances, lighting, and hot  water.  It also provides ways to improve a home’s overall score, comfort level, and lower utility bills.

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Southern California Edison

Provides homeowners with an opportunity to measure the efficiency of their homes by  analyzing their electricity  bills.

go green logo    Residential Energy Efficiency Loan

The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program was designed to help California homeowners and renters access affordable financing for energy efficiency projects.

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Grid Alternatives

A nonprofit organization that provides free or low cost solar to homeowners who live in qualified areas and quality for energy subsidy programs such as CARE or FERA.

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The NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Hosts DSIRE, which is a comprehensive source for incentives and policies that support renewable and energy efficiency.  California currently has 256 policies or incentives.