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Energy Upgrade California Ambassador Program


Energy Upgrade In June 2015 we proudly announced that BEC had earned the Energy Upgrade California Community Outreach Ambassador Program grant that helped us to reach out and educate Butte County residents, business owners, and students on ways to save energy and water.

Throughout the year BEC presented at schools, businesses and at community events with the message that we must continue to reduce our carbon footprints, individual by individual, community by community, state by state, and nation by nation. 

Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program to help educate Californians about saving energy, and reducing our draw on the grid.  

Becky Holden coordinated the Energy Ambassador Program. She was at many community events talking to participants about easy no cost and low cost ways to manage energy use at home.

The Energy Ambassador Program provided presentations for organizations and took questions in regards to energy conservation and home, business and workplace optimization. The Energy Ambassador program helped many people save energy and money with home upgrades! More information can be found at:

Start Saving! 

There  are many ways to use less electricity and make our home more comfortable at the same time.  You can save 20- 50% of your power bill each month, just with a few easy steps! Try it!  Set your summer thermostat to 78 or higher, and your winter thermostat to 68 or lower.  LED lightbulbs are 75% more efficient than incandescents, and by taking 5 minute or shorter showers, you can save money on water heating, and save water!  For more easy and helpful information, check out

Add insulation to your home for comfort and efficiency.

Weather-strip and caulk doors and windows.

Choose the right light for your needs. Lumens? 850K? What shape?

Click here for Business Rebates through PG&E 

Need Financing?  

Butte County has 5 PACE programs!  Property Assessed Clean Energy allows you to get a very low interest loan on a home energy efficiency purchase.   Taking the whole-house approach saves you the most, but initially will cost the most.  These organizations provide access to PACE loans for Butte County citizens.  Start your home energy efficiency improvements that you've been wanting to do but have had to hold off on because of funding! 

HERO  (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity)


Alliance NRG

California FIRST

and Figtree

CN&R article: Tight households

Go Solar!


BEC is partnered with the best solar company in the nation. SolarCity can install panels for no money up front. And SolarCity donates to BEC for every referral. You can make a difference in your community's GHG targets, and also benefit your local environmental council (BEC!) by signing up for solar this year. When you sign up though BEC, Solar City makes a $200 donation to BEC. 

Energy Upgrade California® is a state initiative to educate residents and small business consumers about energy management. The initiative helps Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. It is supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to help communities meet state and local energy and climate action goals. Funding comes from investor-owned utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. ©2014 California Public Utilities and the California Energy Commission. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.