Trade Professional News Fall/Winter 2016


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  • 2016 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program - Latest News
  • Reminder: New Trade Professional Agreements Required for 2017
  • 2016 Fall Trade Pro Forum
  • HVAC Certifications
  • Energy-Efficiency Tips for Your Business
  • Training Corner
  • Resource & Tool Lending Library

2016 Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Program - Latest News

For the first time in program history, the funding cap for the Energy Efficiency Business Rebates program has been reached. This unprecedented response resulted in an 85% increase from August of 2015. With the support of our business customers and Trade Professionals alike, we were able to achieve 120% of our rebates savings goal for 2016.

Although we consider this to be a great success, we also acknowledge that the August 31 program closure may present a challenge for your business. Applications received after August 31 are being placed on a waitlist should additional funding become available. For more details, visit our Energy Efficiency Business Rebates webpage.

Reminder: New Trade Professional Agreements Required for 2017

With the start of the new 2017 program cycle, Trade Pros will be required to submit a new Trade Professional Participation Agreement. If you’re already participating, or would like to join the Trade Professional Alliance, mark your calendar as new Agreements will be available January 2017. The 2017 forms can be found here after January 1.

2016 Fall Trade Pro Forum

Join us on November 16th at the Energy Innovation Center for the Fall Trade Professional Forum. You’ll be able to network, receive information on the 2016 program close-out, and get details on the upcoming 2017 energy-efficiency offerings.

Don’t miss out – register here

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. 

SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117

HVAC Certifications

SDG&E offers free online training to help you prepare for the NATE & HVAC Excellence Certifications. Courses cover topics such as general skills, electrical skills, and gas heating installation and service. To request information, email [email protected].

Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Business

To maximize energy savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off (or will turn off automatically). The transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop isn’t plugged into the adapter. Many people believe that equipment lasts longer if it’s never turned off. This incorrect perception carries over from the days of older mainframe computers. Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade; they use much less energy than desktop computers. Using a laptop computer instead of a desktop system can save 80 – 90% in electric costs.

  • Designate an "energy ambassador" to promote good energy practices for your facility. This individual should work with management to facilitate energy-saving ideas and strategies. Optimizing energy use and costs helps minimize overhead and operational costs.
  • Install plug load controllers in cubicles to control multiple loads like monitors, task lights and fans. These devices use a motion sensor that’s incorporated with a plug load surge suppressor. Inactive equipment can be shut down when the cubicle is unoccupied.
  • Turning off machines when they are not in use can result in energy savings. There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors; they don’t. Automatic switching to sleep mode or manually turning monitors off is always the better energy-saving strategy.
  • If buying a new water heater, always buy the most efficient model possible. In areas of infrequent use, consider tankless water heaters to reduce "standby" storage costs and waste.

Training Corner

To stay competitive, it’s important to keep your industry knowledge current. Take advantage of our targeted seminars and trainings. To see our complete 2016 fall calendar, or to register for a session, visit


SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117





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Resource & Tool Lending Library

Use the Energy Innovation Center’s free Resource & Tool Lending Library to find a variety of energy efficiency and sustainability-related educational resources. There are books, DVDs and more than 100 energy-measuring tools. Best of all, they’re available to check out and try at home. If you have questions, or would like to check-out a tool, book or DVD, contact the Energy Innovation Center at 1-858-496-7137.