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  • Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership Q&A

    Santa Barbara County Energy Watch Partnership Q&A
    Q: What is the Chamber’s role in the Partnership?
    A: The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce is under contract with PG&E and SoCalGas to act as administrator for the program and to manage the Partnership. The Chamber is responsible for outreach, facilitating the program, and working with municipalities.
    Q: Who is included in the Partnership?
    A: Local government members include the cities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, Buellton and Solvang, as well as the unincorporated area of north Santa Barbara County. Utility members are PG&E and SoCalGas. Staples Energy is the designated contractor that does the Direct Install work, which includes updating lighting to LED’s and other energy upgrades for businesses and municipal buildings.
    Q: How does the Energy Watch Partnership help businesses?
    A: The Energy Watch Partnership has assisted over 400 businesses in north Santa Barbara County since 2010 to become more energy efficient through the Direct Install program. This program saves energy and cuts the monthly energy bill appreciably, and because this is accomplished directly through the Partnership, the work and materials are provided at a significantly reduced cost. The co-pay can be paid off in a short amount of time resulting in savings month after month. Savings for companies have ranged from $1,600 to $20,000 annually. It becomes a very beneficial business decision.
    Q: What if my business leases a space, but doesn’t own it?
    A: This program benefits BOTH the property owner and the business. The businesses saves each month on the energy bill, and the owner gets an improvement that increases the property value. Talk with the property owner and have them or you contact the Partnership for an assessment and upgrade.
    Q: How does the process work?

    A: It’s easy! Contact Dave Cross at 680-5016 or email dave@santamaria.com to get the process started. You will then be contacted by Staples Energy to schedule an assessment. They will make their calculations and provide a written proposal that shows the work, the benefit in both cost and energy savings, and the co-pay. Once approved, Staples Energy schedules the installation. After that, you save energy and pay less each month.

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