March 2, 2001


Chula Vista Offers Energy Saving Programs For Small Businesses, Residents

Chula Vista is offering two new energy conservation programs that will directly benefit residents and small businesses. In addition, the city's residents and businesses are indirectly benefiting from wide-ranging energy conservation efforts taken by the city in the past 10 years with further steps planned to conserve energy in public facilities.

Starting March 1, residents are encouraged to sign up for free compact fluorescent bulbs for their homes. Home energy audits also will be scheduled. Both the free fluorescent bulbs and audit are available on a first-come, first-serve basis as part of a pilot program. For more information or to participate in this program, call (619) 409-5438.

Chula Vista also is offering energy conservation assistance to small businesses with 10 employees or fewer on a first-come, first-serve basis. The city match up to $1,000 for light fixture replacement plus any available rebates that may increase the total value and reduce the out-of-pocket cost for the businesses. Twenty small businesses that have not done any retrofitting but are looking for ways to cut monthly energy costs are sought. This program will kick-off in mid-March and interested businesses may contact the Community Development Department of (619) 691-5047.

"We encourage our citizens and businesses to participate in these programs and examine other ways they can save energy," said Chula Vista Mayor Shirley Horton. "Our city has taken a very proactive approach to energy conservation and environmental programs—starting well before the current energy crisis. For example, projects in our facilities so far have resulted in a cumulative energy savings of more than 13.8 million kilowatts saving the taxpayers more than $1.1 million."

While energy savings alone won't solve the energy crisis that is facing California, every household, business and public agency can have a positive impact. For home energy reduction tips, visit SDG&E's web site at www.sdge.com/residential/savemoney or San Diego Regional Energy Office at www.sdenergy.org.

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