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DWP is Giving Away $100,000,000 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Monday, September 24th, 2018

LADWP offers the Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) to their residential customers to promote the use of energy-efficient products.

DWP Customers who install attic insulation can see energy reduction and savings of $200 to $374 in a year, depending upon the size of the home and its location.

Installing attic insulation might seem daunting and expensive, but the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) can help pay for insulating your attic. Qualifying customers can receive rebates up to 80% of the total insulation installation costs or $1.00 per square foot of attic floor insulation (whichever is less).

Insulation Materials

Insulation materials are defined as material/product used to slow down heat flow, which is measured in terms of thermal resistance or R-Value. Qualified attic insulation types include blanket (batts and rolls), loose-fill, blown-in, attic-applied rigid foam, sprayed foam, and foamed-in-place insulation systems.

Installed insulation materials must achieve a minimum thermal resistance of R-30 (or R-19 if less than 24 inches of attic clearance is available and R-30 cannot be achieved) to qualify for the program.

Insulation Costs

Installation costs are defined as the cost of the insulation materials plus the labor associated with the installation of insulation materials, including labor undertaken to comply with codes and regulations, such as sealing attic air leaks, weather-stripping attic hatch or door, attic ventilation modifications, and installation of rafter vent/insulation baffles. Complete attic insulation coverage is required above all air conditioned spaces. New construction or non-living building, such as a detached garage, do not qualify for the insulation rebate.

Customers interested in the program should:

  1. Decide on hiring a licensed contractor or installing the insulation materials themselves; LADWP strongly recommends working with a licensed contractor.
  2. Take pictures of the attic BEFORE installation to submit with application package.
  3. Install insulation materials in accordance with the program requirements.
  4. Take pictures of the attic AFTER installation.
  5. Submit Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) application by mail to LADWP with required documentation.

If you are interested in attic insulation call Kilowatt now to schedule a FREE estimate 818-780-0701. The rebate money is given out on a first come first served basis.

 

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How Do Ductless Systems Help Save Money?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

We often recommend ductless air conditioning and heating systems to our customers, especially customers who either have older homes that lack the space for duct work or who are designing/building a new home and want more flexible comfort options.

But ductless cooling and heating systems (i.e. ductless mini split heat pumps) come with many other advantages along with their usefulness for older homes and new home construction. One of these advantages is that ductless mini splits can help a home save money over the year for both heating and cooling.

But why do ductless systems have this higher energy efficiency? There are a number of reasons.

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June 2017 Employee of the Month – Joe Valle

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Congratulations Joe for being voted Kilowatt’s June 2017 Employee of the Month. Joe has been part of our team for almost 15 years. He is skilled in heating and air conditioning installations & repairs, electrical rewiring, electrical panel upgrades and so many other important services. One of Joe’s most outstanding talents is ORGANIZATION. From the jobsite, to the truck, to the warehouse Joe is the master of finding the right spot for tools and supplies so that they are out of the way, but instantly available when you need them.

You know back in elementary school in PE when kids had to pick teams? There was always that kid who gets picked first because he delivers, works hard, and is fun to be around? That’s Joe. We love you Joe. Thanks for choosing Kilowatt.

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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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Celebrating a Year of Rooney

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Rooney the rescue dogA year ago we were working at Boxer Rescue putting in furnaces to keep those cute doggies warm. This big-hearted bull dog had been languishing for a year, losing hope of ever finding a home. He had been found tied to a post in San Bernardino starved and dehydrated. Scars all over his body and a pancreas problem scared people off.

Here is our facebook post wondering if we should adopt him. Of course we got a resounding “YES!”screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-3-01-52-pm

But the guys fell in love with him and when we finished the job Rooney jumped in the truck and came home to his forever family.

IMG_9220Now his life is filled with wags and kisses. Rooney spends his days at Kilowatt hanging out with Ellie, Deb & Jessica and greeting the service techs as they come and go. Nights are spent playing with Poppy and Sally, his two dog sisters.

Poppy and RooneyHappy Home-Day Rooney!  A little poem (author unknown) in your honor:

My sunshine doesn’t come from skies,
It comes from love in my dog’s eyes.

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November 2016 Employee of the Month: Armando DeLara

Monday, October 31st, 2016

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If you ask our November Employee of the Month what he does. He’ll answer you quite simply, “Whatever it takes.” Our lead HVAC installer Armando DeLara is easily the strongest man at Kilowatt. “Stronger than the strongest excuse,” is how Dean describes him.

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Happy 4th of July

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

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Rooney wrote this little ditty to help us all celebrate Independence Day, see what you think of it…

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

…shhh, I know. He thinks it came to him in a dream and he’s so proud of it that we don’t want to burst his bubble. Happy 4th of July!!!

 

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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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“Operation Gratitude” and “A Million Thanks”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Every year our friends and customers write thousands of Holiday cards to active duty soldiers and wounded veterans and drop them off at our office in Sherman Oaks. We work with “Operation Gratitude” and “A Million Thanks” to make sure that those letters are delivered in time to raise spirits and make the brave men and women who keep us safe feel appreciated.

Thanks friends for participating!

If you would like to submit a holiday card (or holiday cards!); you can either drop them off in person or mail them in a envelope to:

Kilowatt Air Conditioning, Heating, Electric & Solar
4925 Sepulveda Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

 

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Vent Grills Matter for Your Home Comfort!

Monday, October 5th, 2015

IMG_1282If you have a home that uses a ventilation system to distribute cooled and heated air through the rooms, then you’re familiar with air vents and the grills that cover them. You probably think that there isn’t much else you really need to know about grills. How much of an effect can something like a grill have on home comfort?

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