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Bakersfield: PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program Helps Customers Save Money

BAKERSFIELD — Long-time Bakersfield resident Rosie Serrata proudly showed off energy efficiency upgrades in her home Thursday (Aug. 21).

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Rosie Serrata shows the air conditioner she received through PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance program. (Photos by Katie Allen.)

The upgrades were made possible through PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program, a weatherization and energy education program available to income-qualified PG&E customers.

While pointing out her new window air conditioner, Serrata said, “It really keeps this room cool which is where we spend most of our time.”

Local media was invited to her east Bakersfield home today to learn more about the PG&E program.

In addition to the window air conditioner, Serrata also received a water cooler, new doors, light fixtures, low-flow shower heads, CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, and weather stripping at no cost to her through the program. She attributed the more than $3,000 in upgrades with cutting her monthly energy bill in half.

“It makes me feel good that we are able to save all that money, we are already budgeting as it is, but now we are able to save money to pay for other stuff we’ve been wanting to do”, said Serrata.

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Rosie Serrata talks to Bakersfield media about help she received from PG&E”s Energy Savings Assistance Program.

More than 40 percent of Kern County residents are enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE Program, which provides monthly energy bill discounts for income-qualified families. The income requirements for CARE and PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program are similar, making them valuable resources for customer particularly in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

PG&E’s Energy Savings Assistance Program is administered through various local contractors and also provides no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency tips for homeowners and renters.

Local contractors are trained to become energy and weatherization specialists. There are five local contractors administering the program in Kern County. The Energy Savings Assistance Program is available to those who qualify throughout PG&E’s service area.

For more information on PG&E programs that help customers in need, click here.

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