April 26 and 27, 2014: SCEEP Teaches Community about Energy Efficiency at Earth Day

The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP) is participating in the Community Environmental Council’s 2014 Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at Alameda Park in Santa Barbara. SCEEP will hold an hourly drawing for a free Light Emitting Diode (LED) light bulb from Southern California Edison, and will also offer complimentary energy-savings kits with water-saving tools from Southern California Gas Company at booth #508 while supplies last.

At the SCEEP booth, volunteers will demonstrate how much energy it takes to power incandescent light bulbs versus energy-saving CFLs and LEDs utilizing a special hand crank device. Visitors can stop by the booth to find out how to apply for rebates for energy-saving appliances through the Southern California Gas Company and learn about home upgrade rebates through Energy Upgrade California.

May 17 and 18, 2014: Get Paid to Recycle Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer

The South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP), a partnership of Southern California Edison (SCE), Southern California Gas Company, the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, and the County of Santa Barbara, are hosting a free refrigerator pick-up weekend on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All residents and businesses in South Santa Barbara County that want to replace their older working refrigerator or freezer with a more energy-efficient appliance or dispose of a spare are encouraged to register.

In addition to picking up old, working units and recycling them, SCE will also pay $50 for a refrigerator and $50 for a freezer, limit two units per qualifying customer. Old appliances are dismantled at a recycling center where the metals and refrigerants are removed in an environmentally safe manner.

To participate in the pick-up, call 1-800-234-9722 .

To qualify, refrigerators or freezers must be in working (e.g., cooling) order and between 10 and 32 cubic feet, located at a valid SCE billing address within the SCE territory. Pickup is limited to two refrigerators or freezers per location per year.

The refrigerator pick-up is one of many SCE programs hosted by the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership to help the region shift toward more energy-efficient technologies.



Rebates for energy efficient upgrades

Southern California Gas rebates:

ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washer – Get $35 off
ENERGY Star Qualified dishwasher – Get $30 off
Select water-saving showerheads – Get $15 off
Natural Gas Furnaces – Get up to $200 off
Insulation – Get $0.15/sq. foot off
Water heaters – Get $30-$70 off
Tankless water heater – Up to $200 off

Southern California Edison rebates:

ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator – Get $50 off
Electric Water Heater or Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heater – Get $30 off

Portable Room Air Conditioner– Get $20 back
Whole House Fan –  Get $50 back
Summer Discount Plan- Save up to $200 on electricity bills
Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Rebate- Get $300 back
Air Conditioner Installation and Maintenance – Get up tp $2500 back