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A new campaign is designed to help some Tri-Counties residents switch to all-electric appliances

A new campaign aims to help Tri-County residents interested in the switch from gas-powered to all-electric appliances
A new campaign aims to help Tri-County residents interested in the switch from gas-powered to all-electric appliances

Do you have gas-powered appliances in your home?

The campaign – called The Switch is On – provides education on the value of swapping out gas powered appliances for electric, and includes information on a variety of incentives to make the switch more affordable.

Marisa Hanson-Lopez, the program manager for 3C-REN – the tri-counties regional energy network – who are partners on the campaign, says an all-electric home has many benefits both to residents and the environment.

An all-electric home reduces health risks, contributes to a more resilient energy system, supports the state’s decarbonization goals, and in many cases can save money for homeowners, says Hanson-Lopez.

3C-REN (The Tri-County Regional Energy Network), a partnership between the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura that delivers energy-saving programs and building industry trainings, partnered with the Building Decarbonization Coalition for the campaign to help Tri-County residents interested in the switch from gas-powered to all-electric appliances.

This campaign is the first of its kind in California.

The “Switch is On” offers residents the opportunity to speak one-on-one with home electrification advisors, find local vetted contractors, get information on incentives and rebates, and find additional resources about home electrification.

“The state is pushing a lot of funding towards electrification to meet climate goals and improve public health,” said Hanson-Lopez.

“As a result, prices for technologies like heat pumps will be significantly lower and we want local residents to be prepared to take advantage of the savings opportunity; when your gas water heater goes out, you can replace it with a highly efficient heat pump!”

The campaign provides education about the value of swapping out gas-powered water heaters, dryers, cooktops, and furnaces for electric alternatives, and provides information on a variety of incentives to support the switch, including those offered by 3C-REN.

The campaign also educates homeowners about clean energy initiatives such as energy efficiency and weatherization, and related technologies like home solar and battery storage.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.