Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE HOME CONSULTATION?
All Simi Valley residents can sign up to receive a free home consultation through the Simi Valley Conserves program. Residents must have at least six months of energy utility data to receive the full benefits of program. Energy Ambassadors can assist residents with acquiring their energy data online.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A HOME CONSULTATION?
During the home consultation you will meet with an experienced energy expert and trained Energy Ambassadors who will conduct a thorough assessment of your home’s energy usage. An examination of your past energy bills is included. Using your past energy data, reports will be presented summarizing your past electricity and natural gas usage and daily usage trends.
The Energy Ambassadors will complete a room-by-room assessment of your home, identifying the high use areas and evaluating what measures can be taken to make your home more energy efficient. Daily habits, appliances and electronics, and lighting will all be included in the assessment.
After the home consultation, you will receive a summarized report of the efficiency measures that can be implemented to solve your home’s energy problems. Information on all local rebates for any larger upgrades is included. The home visit takes about an hour.
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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE HOME CONSULTATION?
To get the most out of your home consultation or use of the Simi Valley Conserves software, you’ll need to link your utility account. We’ll send you directions so that you can do this in advance. And if that is not convenient, just set aside recent bills from SCE and So Cal Gas. We’ll help you get these set up at the start of the home consultation. Or you can call us at 650-386-6392 for assistance.
WHY IS THIS FREE PROGRAM BEING OFFERED?
Through its work with other cities, OpTerra has learned that cities face a perennial challenge in building momentum for local economic development and local workforce programs. In response, OpTerra developed a suite of services, known as The Capacity Project. Simi Valley Conserves is a locally-branded offering of The Capacity Project. For more information, see here.
ARE ANY CITY FUNDS BEING SPENT ON THIS PROGRAM?
No, the City contract with OpTerra does not include any funding for this program. It is fully funded by OpTerra from an internal budget for community development in Southern California.