SCEEP brings energy saving projects and programs to government facilities, homes, businesses, and individuals throughout the south county.
ENERGY SAVINGS IN GOVERNMENT FACILITIES
Through the SCEEP partnership, local municipalities are saving energy and money as their facilities are updated and improved. To date, local municipalities have completed energy projects on their own facilities that save over $500,000 annually. These projects save over 4,000,000 kwh each year, which is enough energy to power 378 homes annually.Through the SCEEP partnership, participating municipalities receive monetary incentives for kilowatt hour savings, which makes investing in energy efficiency easier for local cities and Santa Barbara County.
Moving the Needle
ENERGY SAVINGS IN HOMES
Through Santa Barbara County’s empower program, over 9,000 residents received energy education, advice, referrals, and assistance. The program helped homeowners countywide overcome obstacles to making energy saving improvements to their homes through the central coast empower program. The program Empower program sunset in 2019.
The County will continue to provide residential energy support through the “3-C REN”, or the Tri-County Regional Energy Network, in partnership with the Counties of Ventura and San Luis Obispo.
ENERGY SAVINGS IN BUSINESSES
The Green Business Program of Santa Barbara County (GBPSBC) is part of the California Green Business Program, a network of local programs operated by counties and cities throughout California. The GBPSBC provides resources and assistance to businesses wanting to be green, certifies businesses through workshops and trainings, on-site visits and evaluation, and highlights Certified Businesses so that local consumers can shop green. 96 businesses have been certified in the South County, with annual energy savings estimated at 1.1 million kWh. The Green Business Program serves all of the municipalities in the SCEEP partnership, as well as North Santa Barbara County cities.
ENERGY SAVINGS THROUGH EDUCATION
The SCEEP partnership hosts educational events, energy efficiency training seminars, and community gatherings throughout the year.
Santa Barbara Earth Day
SCE and the Gas Company have hosted booths at Community Environmental Council’s annual Earth Day festival for the last decade. The utilities have given away smart thermostats, LED light bulbs, and low flow shower heads over the years.
Central Coast Sustainability Summit
An annual event held at UCSB that brings together elected officials, staff, faculty, and interested parties from local governments and organizations to discuss common sustainability issues, share best practices, and seek partners. The 2019 Summit was co-sponsored by SCEEP, and featured presentations on Building Electrification, sustainable transportation, energy storage, and other sustainability measures.
Training for Energy Professionals
SCEEP has hosted several building code updates to keep the local building community up to speed on changing regulations. Energy trainings have included CalGreen updates, Energy Audit Trainings, and Title 24 updates.