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

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

  • Installation of energy efficient light bulbs & torchiere lamps

  • Weatherstripping doors

  • Installation of low-flow shower heads & aerators

  • Installation of carbon monoxide detectors

  • Other minor home repairs

 

 

Call 805-436-4035 or email fazueta@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.

 

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:

 

  • Weatherstripping:  for all exterior doors, install new thresholds, re-adjust doors for proper fit, and in some cases, replace doors and lock sets. These items alone 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 CAVC to arrange a Quality Assurance Inspection of the weatherization services.