Energy EFFICIENCY Resources

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor 

An extensive list of important questions to ask a contractor before hiring. This information will help homeowners be better equipped to ensure that they are hiring the right contractor for their needs.

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California State License Board (CSLB)

Provides information on the licensing, workers compensation and bonding status of contractors.  CSLB is a state agency that provides regulatory oversight to the State's construction industry and home improvement contractors.

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Energy Upgrade California

A state-wide initiative that serves as a hub for homeowners who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.  The program can help make your home more comfortable, improve air quality, help save energy and possibly lower energy bills.

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ENERGY STAR

Provides an Home Energy Yardstick application that allows you to measure your energy efficiency and offers insights into how much of your home's energy use is related to heating and cooling versus other uses like appliances, lighting, and hot water.  It also provides ways to improve a home’s overall score, comfort level, and lower utility bills.

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Southern California Edison

Provides homeowners with an opportunity to measure the efficiency of their homes by analyzing their electricity bills.

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Home Energy Advising

A free service provided by SoCal Gas, Home Energy Advising provides ongoing access to a certified home energy expert who can answer your questions about your home and can help you navigate your home energy improvement project to make your home more comfortable, durable, valuable, healthy and efficient.

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Grid Alternatives

A nonprofit organization that provides free or low cost solar to homeowners who live in qualified areas and quality for energy subsidy programs such as CARE or FERA.

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The NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Hosts DSIRE, which is a comprehensive source for incentives and policies that support renewable and energy efficiency.  California currently has 256 policies or incentives.