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La Quinta Wants to Help You Save Energy, Money, and the Environment!
Saving energy can help you save money, and it's good for the environment. Using energy-efficient products and services and conserving, whenever possible, helps to preserve natural resources for future generations. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) and Imperial Irrigation District (IID) offer a number of programs and services that can help you take the first step to a greener future.

Home Energy Efficiency Audit
As part of the City’s energy partnership with Imperial Irrigation District, La Quinta residents enjoy many programs including a home energy audit. These energy efficiency audits provide valuable money saving recommendations for residents resulting in low-cost and no-cost recommendations that can be put to use right away. As part of the site visit, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s) are given to the home owner to get them started.

A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes and to evaluate what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of money over time. Please visit the Imperial Irrigation District website to schedule an energy audit.

Home Energy Efficiency Survey
Take a no-cost Home Energy Efficiency Survey today to identify energy-saving opportunities in your home. When you take the survey offered by SoCalGas, you receive customized gas, electric and water saving tips on household appliances in your home, as well as recommendations that can help you better manage and reduce your energy use. And the less energy you use, the better it is for the environment. Mail-in and online surveys are available. Try it today at www.socalgas.com or www.iid.com. IID also offers a NO-COST home energy audit by a trained conservation specialist.

During a home’s energy assessment customers will: 
        • Discover ways to reduce energy waste 
        • Review past energy consumption 
        • Evaluate current practices 
        • Receive a NO-COST energy-efficiency kit containing:
               - Two compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)
               - One LED night light
               - And more

To schedule a home energy assessment through IID, please call 1-760-482-3505.

Benchmarking for Energy Efficiency
“Benchmarking,” used in the context of energy efficiency, is a comparison of a facility’s level of energy efficiency with that of similar facilities nationwide. It allows building owners and managers to track and assess the energy performance of their buildings. Visit www.socalgas.com and search “Benchmarking” for more details on this program.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) now requires some customers to benchmark their facilities before participating in the energy-efficiency programs of Southern California Gas Company. A Portfolio Manager allows you to input energy-related information about your building, such as energy use for the past 12 months, square footage and occupancy. The system automatically updates the information every month, allowing you to track your building’s energy performance over time. In addition, the Portfolio Manager also provides other information that helps you manage more than energy efficiency.

Needs-Based Financial Assistance Programs and Utility Bill Discounts
SoCalGas offers the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program, which provides a discount of 20 percent on income-qualified customers' natural gas bills. To learn more visit www.socalgas.com (search “CARE”) or call 1-800-427-2200.

IID offers the Residential Energy Assistance Program (REAP) for income-qualified customers to receive a discount of up to 30 percent on their electric billing rate. For more information on the requirements of the program or to request an application, please call 1-760-482-3673 or visit www.iid.com.

IID also offers a Medical Equipment Energy Usage Assistance Program (MEEUAP) that reduces the electrical rate for a defined quantity of electricity used to operate medical equipment by a household that has a full-time resident who requires specific medically necessary electric equipment to sustain life or prevent deterioration of a person’s medical condition. For more information on the requirements of the program or to request an application, please call IID at 1-800-303-7756 or visit www.iid.com.  

The Emergency Energy Assistance Program (EEAP) provides financial assistance to customers facing a financial crisis and disconnection for nonpayment. IID Energy, along with agencies in Imperial and Riverside counties, has partnered to offer this service. For more information on the requirements of the programs or to request an application, please call IID at 1-800-303-7756 or visit www.iid.com.  

No-cost, energy-saving home improvements are offered to income-qualified homeowners and renters through SoCalGas’ Energy Savings Assistance Program. No-cost improvements may include: door weather stripping and caulking to keep out drafts, attic insulation to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in the winter, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators that can save energy used for heating water, furnace and water heater repair or replacement (owner-occupied homes only), and more. To see if you are eligible, visit www.socalgas.com (search “ENERGY SAVINGS”) or call SoCalGas at 1-800-331-7593.

SoCalGas offers a free energy and water conservation kit for all residential customers. This kit includes three faucet aerators and a low-flow showerhead to help you save energy and water. Request your kit at www.socalgas.com (search “KIT”).

A Special Invitation from the Coachella Valley Association of Governments
With the high price of fossil fuels and the growing investment in electricity from renewable sources, more people are thinking about buying electric vehicles.  Electric vehicle sales are expected to multiply rapidly over the next five years, especially here in California. We want to be ready to accommodate the cleanest cars on the market in the Coachella Valley.  A world-class resort area like ours deserves a state-of-the-art transportation system with the latest electric vehicle technology and benefits of electricity as a transportation fuel.  Click here for more information.

QUESTIONS?

Email: goingreen@laquinta.org

Phone: 760-777-7106

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