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Southern California Edison Program Offers Free Appliances, Services

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Outreach Targets San Bernardino Customers

ROSEMEAD, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009 – More Southern California Edison (SCE) customers than ever may be eligible for free appliances and energy efficiency services from the utility’s Energy Management Assistance (EMA) program. To make sure customers know about the program, SCE will be hosting information sessions at “Cool Centers” in San Bernardino and other parts of its service territory.

The first sessions will be held at the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, located at 696 S. Tippecanoe Ave., San Bernardino, August 25, 26 and 27 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. The location houses a Cool Center, which is a place where low-income residents and people with medical conditions that make them sensitive to extreme temperatures can go to cool off. SCE offers many Cool Centers throughout its territory during the hot months.

The EMA program provides free energy-efficient appliances, pool pumps, weatherization services, lighting, air conditioners and other efficiency measures for income-qualified renters and homeowners. Energy efficiency is essential to keeping electricity bills low and for helping grid reliability, especially during the hot summer days when air conditioners are running.

“We know it’s especially difficult for those who have had a drop in income. Buying a new refrigerator or appliance may be last on their list of priorities,” said Linda Yamauchi, SCE’s Consumer Affairs manager. “We want people to know that we’re here for them and that we have programs and services that can help.”

The San Bernardino outreach effort will include mailings from SCE with instructions to visit the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. There, program assessors will share information about the EMA program, potential bill savings, eligibility and enrollment.

The program is available year-round to all SCE customers. They can learn more about it and enroll by calling (800) 736-4777 or by visiting HYPERLINK "http://www.sce.com/ema" www.sce.com/ema. More information on Cool Centers is at HYPERLINK "http://www.sce.com/coolcenters" www.sce.com/coolcenters.


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