Frequently Asked Questions
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE IN-HOME ENERGY CONSULTATION?
All Montebello and Bell Gardens homeowners or renters can sign up to receive a free in-home energy consultation through the MUSD Energy Ambassador program regardless of income level. Residents should have at least six months of energy utility data to receive the full benefits of the MUSD Energy Ambassador program.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A IN-HOME ENERGY CONSULTATION?
During the in-home energy consultation you will meet with an experienced home consultant and trained high school student 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 electricity and natural gas usage.
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 in-home energy consultation, you will receive a summary report to share with your family. The report includes a breakdown of your energy usage, efficiency measures to implement to solve your home’s energy problems, and all available rebate programs. The consultation takes about an hour and a half.
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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE IN-HOME ENERGY CONSULTATION?
To get the most out of your in-home energy consultation you’ll need to link your energy utility accounts using our software tools. We’ll send you directions so that you can do this in advance. And if that is not convenient, just set aside a few recent energy bills. If you need assistance please call us at 1-800-314-5997.
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. The MUSD Energy Ambassador program is a locally-branded offering of The Capacity Project.
ARE ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDS BEING SPENT ON THIS PROGRAM?
No, the MUSD Energy Ambassador program is fully funded by OpTerra from an internal budget for community development in Southern California.