Tag: Weatherization

Free Refrigerators for Qualified Residents!

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 4, 2013 – The County’s Energy, Education, and Environmental Services Program will be processing HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) applications tomorrow at the Big Bear Lake Fire Dept. (41090 Big Bear Blvd.) Those who are able to sign in by 9:30 a.m. Thursday with the proper documentation may be eligible to receive an annual gas or electricity bill credit of $201-$334, $350 toward firewood, or up to $600 toward propane. Emergency assistance is available for clients who’ve been served a shut-off notice. Other offers include a free refrigerator replacement and energy saving light fixtures. DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED: • Both CURRENT GAS and ELECTRIC bills are required (all pages to utility bills). Bills must be for a minimum of 22+ days. • Rental Agreement or Mortgage Statement • A California picture i.d., or a social security card for each household member • Verification of income for ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS- including children: • Proof of SSI/SSA for 2013 (NO 1099 forms for year 2012) • Current Month TANF/ Food Stamps • For employment income, state disability, child support, workers’ comp., unemployment benefits, or pension, you must show all pay stubs for all pay periods for the prior 30 days • For other adults in the household with no income a CA43B no income form must be completed • Rental/Mortgage statement to verify address For more information contact the Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County Energy, Education,...

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Saving Money — and the Environment! — Just Got Easier

Big Bear Valley, CA, November 19, 2013 – Property owners in the Big Bear Valley can now make their homes more energy efficient with low-cost, tax deductible financing through the HERO Program, which is the largest such program in the nation. “HERO” stands for “Home Energy Renovation Opportunity” and is offered locally in partnership with San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). More than 150,000 products are covered, and covered projects include solar thermal water heating; energy efficient space heating; window upgrades; and skylights. Approval for financing is mainly based on the amount of equity a homeowner has in their home, not on household income or credit scores. Property owners can borrow up to 15% of the property value and repay the loan over 5, 10, 15 or 20 years through an assessment on their property tax bill. Over 1,300 contractors have been approved to offer HERO Financing to their customers and gone through a comprehensive training program. And with the HERO Program available in nearly 100 California communities, it’s helped more than 5,500 homeowners, helped create 1,600 jobs and generate more than $350 million in economic stimulus. As Duane Baker, Director of Management Services of SANBAG, says, “With the HERO Program we’re making affordable financing available which allows property owners to make those upgrades they’ve been dreaming about but didn’t believe they could manage.” A virtual town hall meeting will...

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