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Brett Bishop has 15 years of industry experience Brett Empower Booth

–The County of San Luis Obispo EmPower home energy efficiency program has announced its new program specialist, Brett Bishop.

Along with a passion for green building design and education, Bishop brings 15 years of building industry, and other business and management experience to empower.

As Program Manager for Halsell Builders’ Energy Upgrade Central Coast division, Bishop worked with clients to make home energy upgrades, such as air sealing, heating, air conditioning and more. Bishop previously served as Project Manager at SLOCO Heating & Cooling, designing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that complied with energy efficiency standards.

“The county is thrilled to welcome Brett to the EmPower leadership team,” said San Luis Obispo County Energy and Climate Programs Supervisor Jon Griesser. “With EmPower as an increasingly vital part of our county’s commitment to our residents, local industry and the environment, our entire community will benefit from Brett’s knowledge of building efficiency and strong relationships with the contracting industry.”

“Situations I’ve seen over and over are young people buying ‘fixer’ homes that come with more problems than they thought, and retirees struggling to live and stay comfortable in their homes for as long as possible,” said Bishop. “As I worked with all of these great people, I learned that green building is a way to address these problems and ‘do more with less’.”

Bishop’s efforts for EmPower will include working to help local contractors develop and expand their residential energy programs. Bishop is also a building performance analyst approved for multifamily residences with Energy Upgrade California.

“EmPower’s commitment, training and residential programs are an integral part of bringing SLO County’s’ current Real Estate inventory up to current building standards in a way that benefits our community for many decades to come,” said Bishop.

For tips on saving energy, or to speak with a representative of EmPower, call (805) 781-5625 or visit the website at

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