Santa Maria Sun
Recent extreme natural gas prices had a huge impact on Central Coast residents, with SoCalGas’ rates tripling from $1.05 per therm in December 2022 to $3.45 in January 2023.
Three energy agencies are offering opportunities to switch to cleaner, more sustainable sources for heating. The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN), Central Coast Community Energy, and TECH Clean California are offering incentives (which can be combined) for people to upgrade their natural gas furnace or water heaters to all-electric heat pumps, 3C-REN Program Manager April Price said.
Central Coast Community Energy offers a program called Electrify Your Home that brings costs down by $3,500, and TECH customers can access its Clean California heat pump water heater incentives that bring the cost down by $3,100.