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All-day event to teach energy efficiency and green building

October 29, 2011 (San Diego)--San Diego homeowners and home contractors interested in remodeling can learn how to make homes more efficient, safe, healthy and comfortable during an all-day workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). The workshop and parking are free and open to the public.

“Houses that Work for Existing Homes” will cover cost-effective ways to implement energy-efficient and green technologies and strategies into remodeling projects. The workshop will be presented by the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included, at CCSE, 8690 Balboa Avenue, San Diego. Registration is at Registration ends Oct. 31.
CCSE is hosting the workshop, which normally costs $125, for free as part of Energy Upgrade California in San Diego. Funding also comes from CCSE’s Energy Resource Center, San Diego County’s Home Energy Upgrade program and Department of Energy’s BetterBuildings and Building America programs.
“The workshop will educate home performance contractors, homeowners and those interested in green building about the principles of designing and building highly efficient homes,” said Jack Clark, CCSE’s home retrofit programs manager. “CCSE is proud to provide this free opportunity to help people increase home comfort and save money on their utility bills.”
Clark said a proper energy-efficiency upgrade focuses on a whole-house approach that looks at the entire residence as an energy system with interdependent parts. Much like a human body, when one part of a house functions poorly, it affects the entire system. By looking at all of a home’s energy features, it maximizes a homeowner’s energy savings, health and comfort, Clark said.
CCSE is partnering with San Diego Gas & Electric, local municipalities and contractors to implement Energy Upgrade California in the region. The statewide program is designed to guide homeowners in making energy-efficient upgrades to reduce energy use, conserve natural resources and create more comfortable and efficient homes.
Energy Upgrade California provides homeowners cash rebates of up to $4,000 and is being headed up by the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission with funding from both utility ratepayers and the Department of Energy.
For more information about Energy Upgrade California, visit or call CCSE at 858-244-1177.  
CCSE is a nonprofit that helps individuals, businesses, municipalities and others to adopt greener practices and save energy and money through rebates, technical assistance and education. For more information, visit


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