News and Updates

June/July 2014 Newsletter

Thursday, July 3, 2014

As a Participating Contractor or Rater in the Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) service territories, we hope this newsletter will serve as a resource to you as you work with your customers to provide Home Upgrade consultation and services.

Don't forget that your Account Manager is always here to help you with all needs related to the program. Watch your inbox for information from your Account Manager about Office Hours--we'll periodically be available at a central location for Participating Contractors who'd like to stop by and have a cup of coffee and a chat with their Account Manager.

Below we provide a recap of recent program changes and updates, as well as information about a fantastic tool developed by the EPA that can help you communicate environmental impacts of energy savings to your customers.

The program team wishes you a very happy July 4 weekend!

Program Updates

Please be sure to visit the News section of the contractor website for additional details on the items presented below and to stay aware of the latest program updates.

New Incentive Calculation for Advanced Home Upgrade

Make sure you are using the updated, Excel-based incentive calculator tool (download on the resources page of the contractor website) to calculate Advanced Home Upgrade incentives. Don't forget that the cap for Advanced Home Upgrade incentives has been raised from $4,500 to $6,500 statewide. This additional incentive can be a powerful selling tool when working with customers. 

Co-op Funds Available

Jump start your marketing efforts by tapping into co-op marketing funds now available to all Participating Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Contractors (serving SCE and SoCalGas service territories through The Energy Network). Reimbursements of up to 50 percent of marketing costs are available when Participating Contractors meet co-op marketing program guidelines. Learn more and apply for your co-op funds today! 

Variable Speed Pool Pumps Details

As of May 1, 2014, the SCE/SoCalGas and SoCalGas Advanced Home Upgrade programs allows the manual entry of the deemed kWh savings for variable speed pool pumps. The controller is required to be commissioned by a Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education (FPSIE) Certified Aquatic Equipment Installer (CAEI), and the Variable Speed Pool Pump Commissioning Form must be completed. 

Update to Appeal Process

As a reminder, the appeal process has changed. The appeal process will be triggered if the final incentive amount results in a potential incentive reduction of $500 or greater; a drop in tiers will no longer be used. This change applies to both the SCE/SoCalGas and SoCalGas-only programs.

Gas-Only Program Updates

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and SoCalGas Projects

In an effort to lessen the burden on all contractors, as of July 1, 2014, you are no longer required to separately submit projects to both SoCalGas and PG&E. Projects at homes that receive gas service from SoCalGas and electric service from PG&E only need to be submitted to PG&E. Please visit the PG&E Program Portal for additional details.  

Find a Customer Tool: Locate and Market to Your Ideal Customers

Use the SoCalGas Find a Customer Tool to target your marketing efforts to your ideal customers. This tool is an interactive online map that allows you to select multiple demographic criteria (income, education level, etc.) and build a list of targeted ZIP codes. This resource is completely FREE so don't wait to visit the SoCal Contractors website resources section to access this tool. 

New SLA Values Adopted

Program Update Reminder: As of June 1, 2014, the program adopted the phase 2 building leakage pre-retrofit values as a pilot evaluation. Please take a closer look at the values in the SoCalGas Program Info Sheet, available at the SoCal Contractors website resources section.