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December 30, 2011 > Energy efficiency workshop

Energy efficiency workshop

Submitted By Energy Upgrade California

With winter approaching, Tri-Cities homeowners are beginning to think about how to stay warm while keeping energy bills low, especially during the expensive holiday shopping months. Often, homeowners can fall victim to common myths associated with energy savings, ultimately leading to higher energy bills. Energy Upgrade California will host a free workshop on January 18, 2012, for Tri-Cities homeowners to learn more about making energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes.

The workshop will be on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Niles Conference Room - City of Fremont Development Services Center, 1st Floor, 39550 Liberty Street, Fremont. Attendees will learn how easy it is to secure thousands of dollars for home improvements that will save money and energy and make their homes more comfortable. Participating Contractors who are trained and ready to work on homes in the Tri-Cities area will be available to answer homeowners' questions.

An energy upgrade can increase a home's efficiency by 10 - 40 percent through basic improvements, such as attic insulation and duct sealing, or more advanced improvements like installing an energy-efficient furnace or double-paned windows. Rebates of $6,000 are available through Energy Upgrade California to help homeowners pay for these improvements.

By working with an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor, homeowners can ensure they receive all of the rebates for which they qualify. This winter (until February 2012), $300 rebates are available in the Bay Area that make a home energy assessment either free or very affordable. The obtain up to $4,000, or more, to help pay for permanent, energy-saving improvements as long as you live in your home. Participating Contractors and more information can be found at

There will also be more information about Energize for the Prize, an innovative school-based fundraiser that is helping Tri-Cities schools raise critically-needed funds while encouraging homeowners to make energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes. The contest awards a school $100 for every home it signs-up for an energy-efficiency upgrade and the school with the most by Earth Day 2012 will win an additional $5,000. Second and third place will receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

A school can obtain credit for an unlimited number of upgrades and may raise any amount of funds for use at the discretion of the schools and school organizations. The contest is open to all 550 K-12 public and private schools in Alameda County and any school-related non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations such as PTAs and education foundations.

Schools and school organizations can learn more about how to take advantage of Energize for the Prize by contacting a contest Outreach Coordinator at (510) 891-6528 or visiting

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit

Energy Efficiency Workshop
Wednesday, Jan 18
6:30 p.m.
Niles Conference Room
City of Fremont Development Services Center
1st Floor
39550 Liberty Street, Fremont

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