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Home energy upgrade presentation at Heritage Ranch 

EmPower San Luis Obispo County invites the public to a free dinner presentation in Heritage Ranch to learn how the emPower program can help improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality. The workshop takes place on March 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 4870 Heritage Road in Paso Robles.

EmPowerDuring the workshop, emPower Energy Coach Paul Menconi will present real examples of common issues he has encountered touring homes in San Luis Obispo County. Attendees can ask Menconi their own home energy questions, as well as schedule a free Energy Coach Visit for a comprehensive look at their own home’s energy performance, including the condition of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning system, insulation levels, water heater, windows and other major appliances that can contribute to high energy bills.

“Things like air leaks and insulation are out of sight, out of mind but they contribute in a big way to a home’s comfort and energy efficiency,” said Menconi. “Sealing a home’s envelop and making sure it’s properly insulated means that you’ll use your heater and air conditioner less and it will use less energy when you do use it.”

The event will also provide information on how emPower can help connect homeowners to qualified local contractors for home energy audits and recommendations on fixing common issues like old or broken furnaces, ducts, windows and insulation. These upgrades improve home comfort and indoor air quality while helping to lower utility bills and save energy.

Attendees will also learn about available utility incentives that can exceed $6,500 and low-interest, unsecured financing that starts at 5.9 percent. Local qualified contractors involved in the emPower Program will also be on hand to answer questions or talk with attendees one-on-one after the presentation.

The event is open to the public and includes dinner. For more information, contact emPower San Luis Obispo County at (805) 781-5982 or To RSVP, visit

About emPower Central Coast

The emPower program offers voluntary incentives, financing and other services to help single-family homeowners in Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties make home energy upgrades easier and more affordable. EmPower was originally established by Santa Barbara County to help the community preserve the environment by helping to lower energy consumption and stimulate the economy by creating jobs through innovative, voluntary solutions to support a sustainable building performance market.

EmPower is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company, Southern California Edison Company and Pacific Gas & Electric under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission, the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program and the California Energy Commission with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. EmPower’s low cost financing is offered in partnership with Coast Hills Federal Credit Union and Ventura County Credit Union.

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