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Free Resource and Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE) in Chula Vista, CA

by Rena Ragimova Feb 14, 2007

The Achievement

The FREBE program, initiated in 2007, encourages local businesses that are in the process of getting new or renewed business licenses to take advantage of free on-site energy and water evaluations.  A trained staff person provides the 30 minute review of the building's lighting, HVAC, building envelope, office equipment, appliances, operational procedures and energy bills, and makes recommendations of ways to reduce energy and water consumption. Evaluations also include identification of available incentives, rebates and financing options to reduce upfront implementation costs. In-person program promotion, rather than doing outreach through mailers and phone calls, has led to a response rater of nearly 65 percent.

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