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Electrification for Everyone is a community-based effort with a focus on climate equity in SLO County. The initiative aims to ensure that all members of the community—particularly Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), as well as low and middle income (LMI) households—have access to the resources and information needed to reduce the cost of their energy bill, partake in climate solutions, and build resilience.

Ready to electrify your home?

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Energy equity begins at home.

The climate crisis has far-reaching effects that impact everyone, but its consequences are not felt equally. Diversity Coalition San Luis Obispo County (DCSLOC), R.A.C.E. Matters SLO County, Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success (CCCUSS) and technology company BlocPower recognize that underserved communities often experience the greatest impacts of climate change, but benefit the least from available incentive programs. Electrification for Everyone is an initiative on the Central Coast of California to support a Just Transition to the future.

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Energy Equity in America

Even before COVID-19, energy bills strained many family budgets, especially for low-income, Black, Hispanic, and Native American households. In 2020, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a report for the U.S. Department of Energy showing how low-income, BIPOC households spend a larger portion of their income on energy bills.

 

High energy costs correlate with higher risk of respiratory diseases, stress, and financial difficulties, making it harder to escape poverty. These communities also face systemic inequalities and limited access to resources, now exacerbated by job losses and health impacts from the pandemic.

45%

How much higher the median energy burden of Native American households than that of white households.

43%

How much higher the median energy burden of Black households than that of white households.

20%

How much higher the median energy burden of Hispanic households than that of white households.

Why are these statistics about energy burden important?

An energy burden is the amount of money you have to spend on keeping your home warm, cool, and powered up. For some households, especially those with lower incomes, putting more money towards energy bills means leaving less money for other important needs, like food or a phone bill. The statistics above show how BIPOC households—which tend to also be low- to moderate-income—bear a higher energy burden than the average household.

What does it mean to electrify?

"Electrifying your home" means switching from gas-powered to electric systems for heating, cooling, cooking, and energy needs, aiming to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and cut greenhouse gas emissions. This involves replacing gas appliances with electric ones like heat pumps, induction cooktops, and electric water heaters, along with upgrading insulation and windows for energy efficiency.

 

This transition helps combat climate change by lowering carbon emissions and ensures homes are prepared for gas supply disruptions while promoting cleaner energy sources.

How do I electrify?

Below are three easy steps for beginning your electrification journey.

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1. Get an Energy Assessment

Learn what your home needs to go electric by getting an energy assessment.

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2. Get Matched with Incentives

Find out which incentives you are eligible for to make the transition less expensive.

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3. Find a Contractor

Find enrolled contractors through our community partner 3C-REN to do the work.

Key Appliances for Energy Efficiency

In the next decade, there will be a mass upgrade of homes across America. Here are the key technologies leading that transformation.

Interior Design

Heat Pump HVAC

for heating and cooling

Heat Pumps are appliances that can both heat and cool the air in your home by transferring heat between the indoors and outdoors! They're 3x-5x more energy efficient than regular heating systems.

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Heat Pump Water Heater

for heating water

Heat Pump Water Heaters can be up to 70% more energy efficient than traditional water heaters. They're also safer: they don't burn gas, one of the most common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Induction Cooktops

for cooking without air pollution

Induction Stoves use electricity and magnets to cook food, resulting in food that heats 3x faster than a normal gas stove, without having to burn methane gas and polluting the air in your home!

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High-Efficiency Washer & Dryer

for doing laundry

Unlike regular dryers, Heat Pump Clothes Dryers recycle humid air through an evaporator, reusing warm air for continued drying, all while consuming less energy than traditional clothes dryers!

Insulation

Weatherization

for reducing loss of heat or cool air

Weatherization is making a home more energy-efficient by improving insulation, sealing air leaks, and optimizing heating and cooling systems.

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Electric Panel

for updated electricity flow in the home

Upgrading your electrical panel is crucial for energy efficiency as it enables the use of modern, energy-saving appliances and offers improved energy monitoring and management.

Ready to electrify?

Click the tabs to the right to see how much money is available to you for clean home technologies.

Enhanced Incentives

There is more money available if you meet the following criteria:

  • English as a second language

  • Low-income

  • Reside in a mobile/manufactured home

Market Rate Incentives

  • Standard incentives available locally and at the state level.

To help you achieve deep savings, we've connected with 3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) to identify local, state, and federal incentives and rebates for you. 

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$12,500

Heat Pump HVAC

A heat pump is a single electric appliance that can replace both your traditional air conditioner and home heating system (like a furnace or boiler).

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$10,885

Heat Pump Water Heater

Heat pump water heaters are 2-3 times more efficient than traditional residential water heating systems and work in all climates!

Resources for Renters

As a renter, you may encounter obstacles in electrifying your home that homeowners don't experience, like limitations on appliance changes or electrical upgrades. However, there are still avenues for you to contribute to electrification efforts and promote a healthier planet.

Avoid Peak Hour Energy Prices

One of the easiest and low-barrier actions you can take to partake in reducing carbon emissions at home is to avoid using energy during peak hours: 4-9pm. You'll Lower your bill and use electricity when it’s cheaper and from cleaner
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Calling All Contractors

Are you a BIPOC contractor working on residential energy installations? Click the button below for contractor incentives for energy upgrades, free training and customized energy code support for your projects through our partner 3C-REN. 3C-REN is a state-funded and locally-delivered initiative with free services for Tri-County professionals.

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Electrification for Everyone Partners

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