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Friday, OCTOBER 14, 2011



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Free Class, Oct. 19

In partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Energy Training Center, the following free training opportunity is presented by Lake County Energy Watch and is designed for homeowners, contractors, energy consultants and many more:

Integrating Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Home Retrofits, Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center, 15500 Central Park Road, Middletown, CA 95461

Class Description: The most effective way to lower energy use and greenhouse gasses is to go beyond a specific technology focus and take a whole-system approach to buildings. The goal is to find the best combination of technologies to lower a buildings energy footprint as much as possible. On the agenda is use of new SmartMeters to diagnose energy use in the home and upcoming rate options to maximize the benefits of the efficiency improvements. We will then cover cost scenarios and return on investment calculations.

This class is free of charge and includes a continental breakfast and complimentary lunch.  Registration is required.  You may find the registration link at or at and select “Free Training Opportunities,” or for more information contact Michalyn DelValle at 263-2221 or


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Michalyn DelValle


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CHF Loan

Financial assistance is available to eligible homeowners to make energy efficiency improvements to homes.  Promotional interest rate in Lake County is 0%.  There is no minimum or maximum loan amount. 

Borrower(s) must meet the following requirements:  Be located in an eligible county (Lake County qualifies); All persons listed on the property title must apply for the loan and/or grant financing; The applicant must have qualifying income of 60-160% of the HUD area median income for the County in which the property is located; The mortgage (if applicable) and property taxes must be current; There cannot be any tax liens on the property.

For applicable income limits and more information, please review the website or call 1-855-740-8422.


Kill A Watt

Have you ever looked at your energy bill and wondered how much of the energy was used by your refrigerator or other appliances?  You can now find out.  Lake County Energy Watch has begun an energy efficiency tool lending library.  The first tool available at the lending library is the Kill A Watt.  A Kill A Watt is a tool that measures the energy use of appliances and can estimate the cost to use that power over time in intervals of hours, days, weeks, months or a year.  Kill A Watts are available at the Community Development Department for a check out term of two weeks.  Please call Michalyn at 707-263-2221 to make a reservation.


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