• Stowasser Buick GMC Receives Energy Efficiency Upgrade from Energy Watch Partnership

    Stowasser Buick GMC, located at 600 E. Betteravia Road in Santa Maria, recently underwent a major energy efficiency project through the Santa Barbara Energy Watch Partnership program, which is administered by the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce. The dealership recently celebrated its 50th year as a family owned business and is owned and operated by Rob Stowasser and his son, Jacob.

    The extensive energy project included the replacement of 94 parking lot lights to LED’s and over 100 lighting fixtures inside the dealership facility. The work was accomplished by Staples Energy, the official PG&E contractor for the Partnership. It involved two crews, one working inside and one outside, and took about 4 days to finish.

    Because the project was accomplished through the Energy Watch Partnership, every possible discount was provided. This project was an excellent business decision, with the cost of the project paid for in as little as two months through the money recouped by energy savings. 

    How is this possible? Staples Energy creates a breakdown and assessment of energy saved and the cost of the project. After all of the discounts are applied, there is a co-pay that the business has to pay. In this case, the co-pay was only 10% of the project cost.

    This huge project is calculated to save 343,412 KWh annually. That is enough energy to power 31 average sized homes. In dollars, the annual cost savings is over $54,000. That is a huge benefit when it comes to reducing business expenses.

    “The Staples Energy crew was very courteous and professional”, said General Manager, Jacob Stowasser. “They came prepared and immediately got down to business.”

    Since 2010, the Energy Watch Partnership program has assisted over 450 businesses and agencies in northern Santa Barbara County with energy efficiency projects. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce administers the Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership. PG&E and SoCalGas are the funding members. Staples Energy performs the installation work for the Partnership. The cities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe Buellton, Solvang and the County of Santa Barbara round out the membership. 

    To participate in the program, contact Dave Cross at (805) 680-5016 or email to dave@santamaria.com.