THE ENERGY CHAMPIONS PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.
The County of Los Angeles created the Energy Champions program to encourage nonprofit organizations to promote the Energy Upgrade message for the good of our communities and the environment. Energy Champions was an innovative way for nonprofits to raise money by introducing energy efficiency upgrades to homeowners in their community network. An enrolled Energy Champion earned up to $500 for each homeowner they contact edwho completed an Energy Upgrade in Los Angeles County.
Q: What was an Energy Champion?
A: An Energy Champion was a trusted community organization that “championed” the cause of reducing energy waste by raising awareness of the cost-saving benefits of home energy efficiency and the financial rebates and incentives available to homeowners for home energy upgrades. Click here to see a list of current Energy Champions. Click here to read an Energy Champion’s success story.
Q: How much money did an Energy Champion earn?
A: An Energy Champion received $100 for each Basic Upgrade, $100 for each Flex Path Upgrade, and $500 for each Advanced Upgrade completed by a homeowner that their organization introduced to the program. The program closed on February 1, 2013.
Q: Where did the funding for this program come from?
A: Energy Champions is part of the Better Buildings Program, which was an innovative new effort to improve homes and commercial buildings across the country. With seed funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and administration by Los Angeles County, the purpose of Energy Champions was to test the viability of nonprofits and community organizations as channels to promote awareness of and participation in residential energy-efficiency upgrades.
Q: How did homeowners help their Energy Champion organization earn money?
A: It was easy, here were the requirements:
- You must have been a homeowner living in a single-family home
- Your home must have had an LA County address
- To find out if your organization was participating in Energy Champions, check the online list or contact the program via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Those who signed up for a home energy upgrade with a Participating Contractor received homeowner rebates of up to $4,500
Q: How did homeowners get credit for their Energy Champions?
A: Homeowners who had been introduced to the program by an Energy Champion designated them on the Homeowner Action Form using the Champion’s unique code and by submitting a Customer Information Release Form (only pertains to Basic/Advanced Package Upgrades).
The Energy Champion’s funds were reserved upon submission of the HAF and were sent to the Energy Champion if the energy upgrade is completed or the Energy Champions Administrator received a Confirmation of Reservation on or before February 1, 2013. If a homeowner had any questions or difficulty filling out the Homeowner Action Form, they could contact their Energy Champion or email email@example.com.
Q: Could an Energy Champion get paid an incentive before an upgrade was complete?
A: Yes. As of 9/28/12 Energy Champions can receive their incentives prior to when a homeowner’s upgrade was completed if the Energy Champions Administrator received a copy of the homeowner’s Confirmation of Reservation email from the utility and a copy of the Customer Information Release Form (only pertains to Basic/Advanced Package Upgrades) by the Participating Contractor. This was sent to the Energy Champions Administrator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission of the HAF and Customer Information Release Form (only pertains to Basic/Advanced Package Upgrades) were still required prior to incentive payment. The homeowner rebate became available after work was completed and processed through the utility.
Q: How do I become an Energy Champion?
A: The Energy Champions program is not currently enrolling new organizations. Click here to see a list of current Energy Champions. To sign up for notification of future program enrollment, send an email to email@example.com with your contact information.
Thank You to All Energy Champions!
The role of the Energy Champions in Energy Upgrade California marks an important step in a shared commitment to create a truly energy efficient and sustainable California for this and future generations. For additional information, please contact us by phone at (877) 785-2237 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all of our Energy Champions for being a part of this groundbreaking fundraising program!