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Community Action of Ventura County

621 Richmond Ave.

Oxnard, CA 93030

 

Phone: (805) 436-4000

Fax: (805) 487-2512

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Energy Efficient Home Repairs

 

Community Action of Ventura County Inc., can save qualified homeowners and renters/tenants up to 40 percent on utility bills, depending on the home, simply by improving energy efficiency. This can be done by replacing windows, weather-stripping doors, adding insulation, minor home repairs and installing more efficient appliances and products.

 

The state of California, Southern California Edison and The Gas Company help fund these programs, and many services come at no cost for those who qualify.

 

Depending on your home's needs, CAVC may be able to assist with many of the following services:

 

  • Diagnostic testing & assessment

  • Attic insulation

  • Repair or replace of broken windows & glass

  • Repair or replacement of nonfunctioning  or hazardous water heaters, furnaces and stoves

  • Installation of energy efficient light bulbs & torchiere lamps

  • Weather-stripping doors

  • Installation of low-flow shower heads & aerators

  • Installation of carbon monoxide detectors

  • Other minor home repairs

 

 

Call 805-436-4035 or email energy@ca-vc.org today to see if you qualify.

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM DETAILS:

 

CAVC has been Ventura County's leader of "Green Collar" jobs long before the term was fashionable. The agency holds a State of California Contractors License, and is a low-income home energy assistance provider (LIHEAP) funded by the state through grants from the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) in Sacramento. To hold this grant CAVC must provide CSD with proof of liability insurance, workers compensation, contractor’s license bond and other necessary documents. CAVC also has a contract with the utility companies to provide their customers with weatherization services, re-lamping and refrigerators.

 The Gas Company and Southern California Edison also require documentation the same as CSD. Southern California Gas and CSD have their own inspectors who will inspect the work CAVC does to ensure it is in compliance with program specifications.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

 

Initial Home visit: An outreach specialist will visit your home and provide you with information on money-saving energy efficiency and conservation practices, assess your home’s needs, make recommendation for the installation crew and review the list with you.

You also will be asked to sign a Customer Agreement and Household Income Worksheet. Please note that you will be provided with copies of the documents, and qualification documentation and home assessments must be verified by CAVC prior to servicing. Final decisions on what measures can be installed in your home, if any, will be made by the installation crew.

 

Work begins: Within four to six weeks after the initial home visit, our installer will call you to schedule an appointment to weatherize your home. At the conclusion of this visit, you will receive a list of the weatherization measures installed in your home, which will be signed by you and our installer.

Green Weatherization measures are installed to reduce energy use in the home, to reduce energy bills, increase home comfort and reduce the carbon footprint of each household. Safety measures also may be installed to increase the safety of families receiving weatherization services. Some of the measures (or services) and their annual average savings include:

 

  • Weather-stripping:  for all exterior doors, install new thresholds, re-adjust doors for proper fit, and in some cases, replace doors and lock sets. These items along could save 5 percent to 25 percent on heating and cooling costs

  • Low-flow shower heads and aerators can save up to 5 percent on water heating costs.

  • Electical outlet and switch gaskets can save up to 3 percent on heating and cooling costs.

  • Provide attic insulation after inspection. Ceiling insulation is often the single most cost-effective measure that can be installed in a home. By installing insulation, you could save up to 25 percent on heating costs.

  • Provide and install energy efficient light bulbs. These bulbs give you the same quality of light as incandescent bulbs while using up to 75 percent less energy.

  • Fix or replace broken windows and glass upon inspection. This reduces the cost of heating a home in the winter and cooling a home in the summer. Replacing broken glass also improves both comfort and safety.

  • Inspect, test, repair or replace broken or hazardous furnaces, stoves and water heaters upon inspection by our installers after being deemed hazardous by The Gas Company.

  • Provide and install carbon monoxide detectors. This measure protects families against carbon monoxide buildup in the home.

 

 

Work Inspection: Within six to eight weeks after the work has been completed, you may receive a call from The Gas Company to arrange a Quality Assurance Inspection of the weatherization services. 

 

 

Home Energy Assistance Program

 

Need help with your gas or electric bill? This program can help you!

 

Established in 1981, HEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households pay their energy bill. Eligibility is based on the household's total monthly income, which cannot exceed 60% of the Area Median Income. The program is designed to target households with low-incomes and high energy costs, taking into consideration households with elderly and disabled persons, and children under six. This means there could be households that received assistance in the past and will no longer receive assistance because they fall into a low priority group and are not considered among the neediest of the needy. The amount of assistance is based on the number of persons in the household, total gross household income, the cost of energy within the county the households resides, and funding availability. HEAP provides one payment per program year. The statewide maximum payment for program year 2017 is $340; the minimum payment is $204. Under most circumstances it takes approximately 8-12 weeks to process an application and fund the application. However, an incomplete/incorrect application will take additional time to process. Persons living in board-and-care facilities, nursing or convalescent homes, or in jail or prison, are not eligible for HEAP.

 

Utility companies throughout the state offer reduced rate programs. Customers should contact their utility company to find out if their provider offers such a program and to request an application.

 

Document Checklist

 

1. Valid Picture California Identification

2. Social Security Card

3. Current gas detailing terms

4. Current electric bill detailing terms and kilowatt usages

5. Income documentation for all adult (18+) household members during the previous 4 weeks (paycheck stubs must show gross amounts received)

6. Rental or house payment receipt for the current month

 

In addition: Cal Works/TANF recipients must bring/send current Notice of Action or Memo from your case worker showing amounts received for the month. SSI/SSA recipients must have current benefit letter from the Social Security Office or bank statement showing direct deposit of funds. Proof of Unemployment Benefits, Disability, Child Support, Retirement, Alimony, etc., must be dated within the last 30 days. To set up an appointment or arrange for an application to be mailed to you, 

Call our message center at 805-436-4021 or 805-436-4000