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Kilowatt Is Proud to Be a Member of IHACI

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

In 2017, our owner Dean Gilford was elected to the board of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI). “I have benefited from IHACI’s efforts and expertise,” Dean said when he was elected. “It is an honor to give back—in some small measure—by serving on the board.”

The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries is Southern California’s premier organization dedicated to educating and training HVAC professionals. Incorporated in 1948, IHACI is a non-profit trade association of contractors, manufacturers, distributors, utilities, and related businesses who are engaged in HVAC and sheet metal industries.

The mission statement of the IHACI is to develop programs that cultivate the best in professionalism, foresee and address changes, and foster honesty and ethics in the industry. At all times, IHACI aims to raise industry standards to benefit both customers and contractors.

IHACI has deep roots in Southern California and is committed to reducing energy consumption in the state. The organization has helped to raise energy efficiency standards, and the training it offers empowers technicians to remain code compliant and adhere to California’s Title 24 energy regulations and standards. IHACI education program and its regular newsletter, “The Comfort News,” have helped many technicians stay current with the latest regulations and cutting-edge technology.

Kilowatt has sent many of its employees to IHACI’s classes, and involvement with the organization has given us many opportunities to boost our service to customers. Dean is proud to serve on the board, and all of us are proud of our continuing involvement with an organization that works so hard for its members.

Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical serves Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley with quality HVAC services.

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Our Thanksgiving Tradition

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Hi, I’m just now delivering the most beautiful letters to the troops from Lennox Cox Community School, St. Mark’s School, and the lovely Daughters of the Revolution of Antelope Valley. Being a drop of location for “A Million Thanks” and helping to deliver heartfelt letters of gratitude to the brave active duty Soldiers and wounded Veterans has been an honor.

I wanted to share with you a little Thanksgiving tradition we have at our home that seems to make everyone feel grateful and reminds us we are ALL one big family:

We put out a bowl of crafty stuff, blank cards, and some pens. Everyone is invited to write a personal “thank you” note to someone serving in our military.

No pressure. What’s nice is that the letters will be delivered for Christmas and it really means so much to the soldiers to know that they are cared about when they are away during the holidays.

If you want to try it at your Thanksgiving, great! Please drop off your letters at Kilowatt or give them to your service tech, and I will make sure they are delivered.

Happy Thanksgiving friends,
Lisa Gilford

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Shriners Run Walk at Woodley Park

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Please join our team!!! Sunday, April 29th at 7am – Kilowatt is one of the sponsors of the Shriners Run Walk 2 Heal Kids at Woodley Park. It’s a terrific family event for a great cause.

“Registration is open” Sign up early save $10 with code: CHANGELIVES10 http://www.active.com/…/walk-and-run-2-heal-kids-5k-10k-2018 Give Hope:Heal Kids:Change Lives

World-class specialty care

Shriners for Children Medical Center, previously known as Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles, is a specialty medical center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, and cleft lip and palate. Patients receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

In 2017, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles transitioned to Shriners for Children Medical Center, where we operate as an ambulatory surgery center. Although we have moved, our mission is still dedicated to meeting the needs of as many patients and families as possible who can benefit from the specialized services we provide. While our facility operates on an outpatient basis to serve more patients, we still offer surgeries and procedures requiring an overnight admission, at our partner hospital. Our partner facility is Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California. Our Shriners for Children Medical Center physicians perform these procedures and provide all pre-surgical and follow-up care.

Our history

Founded in 1952, we treat children from all over the country and around the world, and have unique relationships with top hospitals and universities. In 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles moved to our new home in Pasadena.

Our mission

The mission of Shriners for Children Medical Center is to:

  • Provide the highest quality care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burn scars, cleft lip and palate, and other special health care needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative environment
  • Provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals
  • Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families

This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin, or ability of a patient or family to pay.

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Dean Gilford Elected To IHACI Board of Directors

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian with Dean Gilford

The Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) is the premier Southern California organization dedicated to educating and training HVAC professionals. Kilowatt’s president, Dean Gilford has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors.

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Help Us Again with the Food Drive for San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission!

Friday, November 11th, 2016

It’s that time of year to be thankful for all we have. Kilowatt is again collecting food for the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. But we need your help!

Those extra cans of  soup, cranberries, peaches, or that box of macaroni and cheese that is taking up space in your cupboards. We will gladly take whatever canned or boxed food you don’t want anymore.  We need your help to stock the pantry of the San Fernando valley rescue mission.

How can YOU help?

It’s easy, next time a service or maintenance tech comes by your home simply give them the food you want to contribute. Or you can stop by Kilowatt headquarters at 4925 Sepulveda Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, and drop off your food donations.😉 san-fernado-valley-rescue-mission-food-drive-jpg

An estimated 254,000 men, women, and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Unaccompanied youth, especially in the Hollywood area, are estimated to make up from 4,800 to 10,000 of these. A high percentage – as high as 20 percent – are veterans, about 25% are mentally ill, and 23% are children.

Other Facts About the Homeless Population in Los Angeles:

The average age is 40 – women tend to be younger.

  • 33% to 50% are female. Men make up about 75% of the single population.
  • About 42% to 77% do not receive public benefits to which they are entitled.
  • 20% to 43% are in families, typically headed by a single mother.
  • An estimated 20% are physically disabled.
  • 41% of adults were employed within last year.
  • 16% to 20% of adults are employed.
  • As children, 27% lived in foster care or group homes; 25% were physically or sexually abused.
  • 33%-66% of single individuals have substance abuse issues.
  • 48% graduated from high school; 32% had a bachelor degree or higher (as compared to 45% and 25%, for the population overall respectively).
    Update January 27, 2016

The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission is so grateful to receive all the food donations! We will continue to accept donations thru Friday, December 9 at noon.

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Meet Our President and Find Out How We Give Back to the Community!

Monday, August 15th, 2016

IMG_2326Dean Gilford, president of Kilowatt Electric, Heating & Air Conditioning, was born and raised right here in the San Fernando Valley. Besides providing homeowners with A+ Rated, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed home services over the past 28 years, Dean has been passionate about giving back to our local community. As Dean says, “It’s no accident that I am in the service business. The greatest joy I’ve found in this world is to be of service.”

Below are some of the ways that Dean and Kilowatt give back to the community:

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The 4th Annual “Meetah Cheetah” Fundraiser in Sherman Oaks

Monday, April 4th, 2016

IMG_0067 At Kilowatt, we are proud to be part of the larger community that we serve as professional HVAC technicians and electricians. That community reaches out farther than just local homes and businesses, however! We are involved in making a difference with charities that have a global impact. That’s why we’re proud to support the Cheetah Conservation Fund and the upcoming 5th annual “Meetah Cheetah” fundraiser event in Sherman Oaks on April 9.

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Sherman Oaks Business of the YEAR! We need your vote!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Kilowatt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electric & Solar nominated for Sherman Oaks Business of the Year!

We are so grateful to be nominated and we really want to WIN Sherman Oaks Business of the YEAR!

 

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It’s super easy! Just 2 clicks and YOU can help.

You don’t have to give your email address or sign-up for anything. Just click here to got to the Sherman Oaks Business of the Year page and then click KILOWATT; then click VOTE.

It’s that simple … and you can do it every day until the end of February! (please do)

THANK YOU. We love you too!

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Join our Food Drive for San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission!

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Are your cupboards still stocked with extra food from the holidays?

We’ll take that can of jellied cranberries off your hands, or the box of macaroni and cheese your grandchildren never ate. What about that extra stuffing mix? We’ll take whatever canned or boxed food you don’t want in your cupboards anymore. In return we will give you this lovely Kilowatt grocery tote as our way of saying “thank you” for participating in our food drive. We want to help stock the pantry of the San Fernando valley rescue mission.

How can YOU help?

It’s easy, next time a service or maintenance tech comes by your home simply give them the food you want to contribute. If you’d like to drop off that’s cool too! Stop by Kilowatt headquarters at 4925 Sepulveda Blvd. in Sherman Oaks , drop off your food and pick up your shopping bag 😉

An estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year and approximately 82,000 people are homeless on any given night. Unaccompanied youth, especially in the Hollywood area, are estimated to make up from 4,800 to 10,000 of these. A high percentage – as high as 20 percent – are veterans, about 25% are mentally ill, and 23% are children.

Other Facts About the Homeless Population in Los Angeles:

The average age is 40 – women tend to be younger.

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  • 33% to 50% are female. Men make up about 75% of the single population.
  • About 42% to 77% do not receive public benefits to which they are entitled.
  • 20% to 43% are in families, typically headed by a single mother.
  • An estimated 20% are physically disabled.
  • 41% of adults were employed within last year.
  • 16% to 20% of adults are employed.
  • As children, 27% lived in foster care or group homes; 25% were physically or sexually abused
  • 33%-66% of single individuals have substance abuse issues.
  • 48% graduated from high school; 32% had a bachelor degree or higher (as compared to 45% and 25% for the population overall respectively).

Update January 27, 2016

We are getting such a great response from our customers for our food drive. Thank you! But our very own Joe Valle did something totally unexpected. He came to work today with 5 full bags of groceries from his family to donate. Joe has a heart of gold and he always gives 100% to everything he does. Thank you! The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission was so grateful to receive all that food! We are still collecting… just wanted to update you and thank you all for participating!

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Somebody Loved This Dog, Was It YOU?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

In July,  we installed furnaces at Boxer Rescue in Encino, CA. The whole crew fell in love with the same sweet dog. Rooney is a big American Bulldog with a gentle personality. He came home with us to our office in Sherman Oaks when we finished the job and has quickly become a member of the family.

FullSizeRenderRooney is a happy guy who loves playing with his toys and belly rubs. He looks fierce, but has such good manners I know he must have been raised by someone who loved him. He’s sweet with our other dogs and is a great listener. He never has to be told twice to stop doing something. He even let me stick my fingers in his eye many times when he had an eye infection and never flinched or fought me.

I can’t help but wonder if someone is missing him.

If you recognize Rooney let us know. Maybe his original owner couldn’t keep him anymore but they may be happy to know that he is safe and loved.

Here is what we know about him:

  • He was found in San Bernardino about a year ago tied to a post. He has scars all over his head and body indicating he may have been used as a bait dog.
  • Weight: 125 pounds
  • Breed: American Bulldog
  • Markings: He is white with small black spots, a black nose and a round black spot on the top of his head.

If you would like to rescue a pup, please visit Boxer Rescue LA!

 

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