Angelenos can save dollars and energy thanks to a free air conditioning tune-up program beginning this summer.
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Bob Blumenfield joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today to announce a new money-saving energy incentive package that will be available to Angelenos starting July 1.
The new AC tune-up program will include maintenance efficiency checks for residential and commercial Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems at no cost to the ratepayer — as well as up to $150 toward the purchase and installation of cutting-edge programmable thermostats. It also provides air conditioning tune-ups free of charge.
“This kind of innovative program furthers our commitment to a sustainable city by helping Angelenos save energy, while at the same time cutting their utility bills,” said Mayor Garcetti. “It will make home heating and cooling upgrades more affordable in L.A. — especially for residents in the Valley, where the summer heat can be punishing. I commend Councilmember Blumenfield for his hard work to make this valuable City program a reality.”
Projections suggest that the program could reduce a household’s cooling and heating costs by 30 percent, an amount likely to outweigh any rising costs from LADWP’s proposed rate increase. The new incentive program was proposed by Blumenfield and approved by the City Council last month.
“For residents across much of Los Angeles, and especially in the Valley, air conditioning is a necessity and a public health issue, not a privilege,” said Blumenfield. “Our new AC tune-up program will give residents the tools to lower their bills, reduce their energy usage, and keep cool this summer.”
Most L.A. residents use more energy to heat and cool their homes than for any other purpose; and a majority of heating and cooling units in the city are operating inefficiently. This new incentive program will help Angelenos access efficiency upgrades that will make the city more sustainable.