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Energy Upgrade Californiatm offers incentives to customers of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Southern California Edison (SCE) and many other California utilities to help defray the costs of home energy-efficiency improvements.

The Basic Upgrade Package, which includes sealing air leaks and installing insulation, can yield up to $1,000 in incentives.

The Advanced Upgrade Package, which includes the basic package measures where applicable, can net customers up to $4,000 in incentives. It may include installing energy-efficient windows, duct replacement, highefficiency furnace, better heating and cooling systems, and highefficiency water-heating systems.

The more energy a homeowner saves, the higher the incentive. Some cities and counties offer additional rebates for making the improvements.

“If there are any customers who are considering making energy-efficiency upgrades in their homes, now’s the time to do it.

They’ll be rewarded not only financially, but also with lower electricity bills,” said Gene Rodrigues, SCE’s director of Energy Efficiency and Customer Solar. “Most importantly, they’ll be contributing to California’s clean, green, energy future.”

“We are proud to offer this program to our customers because it rewards them for investing in their homes in order to realize long-term energy savings,” said Gillian Wright, director of customer programs and assistance for SoCalGas. “We’re always looking for ways to help our customers save money and help the region achieve both environmental and economic sustainability.”

To qualify for incentives, customers must schedule a home energy assessment with a participating Energy Upgrade California contractor. After receiving the results and determining the work necessary, the homeowner then plans the improvements with the contractor.

Next, the participating contractor applies for the incentive on the customer’s behalf after completion of the improvements.

Some customers can choose other options, such as energyefficient appl iances, that can earn them further rebates from their city, county or utility.

To learn more about the program and to find a participating Energy Upgrade California contractor, please visit www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org.

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