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City of Thousand Oaks Launches kWh Countdown Program to Help Thousand Oaks Businesses Save Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:      Spencer Silverstein, Public Works Department, 805.449.2446; ssilverstein@toaks.org  

                            Robin Godfrey, Media Liaison, 805.449.2120; rgodfrey@toaks.org

City of Thousand Oaks Launches kWh Countdown Program to Help Thousand Oaks Businesses Save Energy

The City of Thousand Oaks, in partnership with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance and the Community Environmental Council, is launching its newest pilot program, kWh Countdown, funded by the California Energy Commission.

kWh Countdown offers two services for businesses located in Thousand Oaks: 1) free energy benchmarking to all businesses that enroll; and 2) a limited number of comprehensive energy audits to businesses that demonstrate a willingness to invest in energy efficiency projects. The program is also available to businesses located in Moorpark and Ventura.

“kWh Countdown is designed to help businesses save money on utility bills and invest in energy efficiency projects with confidence,” said VCREA Executive Director Sue Hughes. “Business owners often bypass cost-saving energy efficiency projects because of uncertain payback periods or lack of technical expertise. kWh Countdown aims to reduce the uncertainty surrounding energy efficiency projects by clearly explaining the benefits of energy efficiency.”

Selected companies will receive free American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) level II energy audits, valued at over $5,000 each. These energy audits provide businesses with a detailed analysis of potential energy efficiency projects, including payback periods, funding sources, and packages of projects that best align with the individual company’s goals and objectives. Due to the cost of providing such an in-depth assessment, a limited number of these audits will be conducted. Auditing services will be completed by TRC, Inc., a Southern California-based energy company that was chosen through a competitive process.   

Companies that are not selected to receive free energy audits will still receive a benchmarking analysis. Benchmarking uses an online platform, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®, to compare a building’s energy usage to that of similar buildings. This process provides businesses insight into their energy usage and helps identify opportunities for energy conservation. Commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet with no residential accounts are mandated to be benchmarked by Assembly Bill 802. kWh Countdown helps building owners meet this benchmarking requirement.

If your business would like to participate in the program, visit www.kwhcountdown.org and fill out a brief online application or contact Spencer Silverstein at ssilverstein@toaks.org. Additional information may be found at the City’s Business Energy Programs webpage.

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