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Palo Alto Earns National Energy Innovator Award

Palo Alto Earns National Energy Innovator Award

The City of Palo Alto Utilities is proud to announce that we have received the National Energy Innovator Award for our Home Efficiency Genie program. Dean Batchelor, Director of Utilities, accepted the award on Tuesday, June 11 at the 2019 American Public Power Association (APPA) conference in Austin, Texas.

The Home Efficiency Genie program, which was initiated in July 2015, has been recognized for its application of creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies and successful simplicity. The program seeks to optimize home efficiency by providing individually tailored energy efficiency information and recommendations to CPAU customers. By providing free advice over the phone, the Genie has been trusted by the community as a friendly, supportive, and reliable resource. In addition, the Genie House Call assessment, which offers customers on-the-spot estimates where applicable and pre-screened options for contractors, is free upon completion of one of five top efficiency projects.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities is committed to innovation and we are in the process of developing a home electrification assessment as part of the Genie House Call program. This would provide customers with information to make the switch to high-efficiency electric alternatives and enable a shift away from fossil fuels to keep the City on track for reaching its carbon reduction goals.

We are honored to have received such a prestigious award from the American Public Power Association and look forward to continuing to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable and efficient.

Want to learn more and take advantage of this City-sponsored program? Check out the Home Efficiency Genie web pages: efficiencygenie.com

Last Updated: June 17, 2019