SoCalGas and the Retirement Housing Foundation recently completed an energy efficiency project at The Concord, an affordable senior living community in Pasadena. . The upgrades were partially funded through our “Whole Building Program” and are expected to help the property save $35,000 over five years and help save over 4,000 therms of energy annually, equivalent to powering 11 homes in Southern California for one year.
The funds helped replace an aged, undersized central hot water system that serves 150 units within the 14-story complex. Additionally, all units within the complex received water and energy-saving measures such as low-flow showerheads and low-flow kitchen and bath aerators at no cost as part of the utility’s Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program. Water conservation is not only important during periods of drought, it can also help save money on monthly energy bills. On average, water heating accounts for about 20% of a home’s energy use.
"It's great to see SoCalGas place so much effort, time and funds into our community. These energy efficiency upgrades are crucial to our senior residents living at the Concord and will help improve their lifestyle by offering energy stability,” said Steve Madison, Pasadena City Councilmember, District 6. “We hope to continue partnering with SoCalGas in the future to help improve our communities."
"These energy efficiency upgrades at The Concord will help residents save money and lower energy usage without altering their lifestyles. Our actions demonstrate our commitment towards helping low-income customers conserve energy while improving their living experience,” said Gillian Wright, senior vice president, and chief customer officer at SoCalGas. “Our energy efficiency initiatives at SoCalGas play a critical role in helping our customers save on bills and reduce their energy usage. Energy efficiency initiatives not only help us fulfill our ASPIRE 2045 sustainability goals, it also takes us one step closer to fulfilling California’s climate goals.”
Learn more about how SoCalGas offers various customer assistance programs and incentives to help customers become energy efficient and save money on their natural gas bills every month here.