Energy Efficiency

With temperatures soaring and reaching near record highs this week, it’s time for us to rethink our energy consumption and water usage. There are several rebate and low-cost financing programs still available. Los Angeles County’s Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program is one of them. HERO Financing offers a low-interest financing option that is repaid through your property taxes, which may provide tax benefits. For details and to submit a free online application for the program: heroprogram.com

The SoCal Water$mart program is a water efficiency rebate program. It is run by The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California which serves nearly 19 million people in the Southern California residing in 26 cities. You can verify eligibility and submit an online rebate application through their website socalwatersmart.com

Your city is a wonderful resource and has a wealth of information to be energy efficient. Burbank‘s website is easy to navigate to find and research information. The City of Glendale has a well-organized website for different ways to conserve water and power. La Canada Flintridge has drought information with common sense ideas and advice as well as useful links to various programs. The CIty of Pasadena has a comprehensive list of incentive programs and rebates such as the Pasadena Solar Initiative, Electric Vehicle (EV) Program and Green Power Program which are available only to their residents through the Pasadena Water & Power. Their programs are worth taking at look at.

Simple steps such as lowering the temperature on your hot water heater, keeping your air-conditioning set at 78 degrees or using the cold setting for your washer do make a difference. Let’s make water shortages and rolling blackouts things from the past, not the future.

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