Take Advantage of Complimentary Diagnostic Testing & Project Processing!

Program Requirement
Program Enhancement
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Are you taking advantage of our complimentary Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing yet?

In this issue you can expect to see:

  • Budget Update
  • Additional Eligible Smart Thermostats
  • Limited Time Free Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing
  • Updated Calculators
  • BPI Certification Training Reminder
  • QC Corner
  • Go Green Financing Updates

Budget Update

As of now, 59% of the SoCalGas Only program incentive budget is remaining. Budget updates are scheduled to go out twice a month unless stated otherwise. Please contact your account manager to see how you can take advantage of the remaining incentive budget.


Additional Eligible Smart Thermostats

Lennox Smart Thermostats (iComfort s30, e30, and m30) join the list of smart thermostats eligible for an incentive in this program. Other models eligible for incentives include qualifying Nest, Ecobee* and Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi* smart thermostats. Please refer to the Info Sheets and Incentive Application forms to view the full list of eligible smart thermostat models. 

Make the Most of our Limited Time Free Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing

We encourage you to make the most of our limited time free third-party testing and project processing in conjunction with program-approved Raters.

ERE Inspections is already providing post-retrofit diagnostic testing and project processing services to contractors. Take advantage of this opportunity to have these services covered by the program at no cost to you; these savings can help you increase sales by passing discounted pricing on to your customers.

Please note: Raters may also offer special pricing on Advanced Home Upgrade testing and processing – check with your Rater for details. 

Contact ERE Inspections at the information below:

ERE Inspections
Roman Leonelli
(310) 807-4800  

Upon meeting program requirements, additional approved Raters will be added, offering you additional options from which to select. 

Reminder: Updated Calculators

The Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade Calculators have been updated to reflect the changes to the SoCalGas only program and are now available for download from the contractors’ website.

Reminder: Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certification Training

Are you looking to help your clients reduce their energy bills while improving their comfort and safety? Expand your business? Looking to renew your expired BPI certification?

The Building Analyst (BA) certification course previously scheduled for October 15, 2018 through October 19, 2018 has been moved to Monday, November 12, 2018 through Friday, November 16, 2018. For additional information and to register, contact: 

Lorelei Penera

(858) 444-3915


  • 90-Day Cancellation Policy is still in effect.
  • Additional Automobile insurance is no longer requested by the program for initial or continued participation by contractors. Please be sure to still follow the state automobile insurance requirements. 
  • ICF’s new office address is 49 Discovery Suite 250, Irvine CA 92618. Please update your records.

See October 2018 newsletter for more details on these items.

QC Corner

Gas Log-Sets and Vermiculite

Vermiculite is a platy mineral that expands when heated. It is used in various building materials, including gas log sets to imitate the look and feel of glowing embers and ash beneath the logs.

A vast majority of the vermiculite used in the U.S. through the mid-1990s came from a mine contaminated with asbestos. Per BPI technical standards, if vermiculite is suspected, the contractor must have the material inspected to determine if asbestos is present. This requirement must be followed before diagnostic testing (blower door, duct test, WCD testing) takes place. Numerous labs in the area are certified to perform this testing; contact your Account Manager if you need help locating a lab.

Go Green Financing Updates

HVAC contractors: Don’t Miss Out on IHACI! 

Once a year, the heating and cooling industry’s biggest names come together in one place – and you can attend for free! The 39th annual HVAC/R/SM/Performance Contracting Product and Equipment Trade Show, produced by the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries, Inc. (IHACI), will offer exhibits on new technology, business seminars, and resources to help contractors stay current on industry trends. The event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 14, 2018.

SoCalGas, SCE Energy Resource Center and the state-administered Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program will be among the contractor resources. Both Home Upgrade and REEL can work together for HVAC contractors looking to sell the latest technology. REEL can help your customers finance eligible HVAC measures including your Home Upgrade projects, central AC units (14 SEER or greater), gas furnaces (80% AFUE or greater), split/package systems, duct replacement, insulation, and more. Our team can help new contractors get started and talk shop with current contractors. We’re excited to see you there!

Already a REEL Participating Contractor? 

Tickets to IHACI are free, and we’d be happy to send you paper tickets for your team! Simply contact your account manager, or request tickets from the REEL Contractor Support team directly at 1-800-484-0109 or Email. You can also avoid registration lines by pre-registering online for a speed badge at www.ihaci.org.  

Not yet a REEL Participating Contractor?

It’s easy to get started and free to enroll! If you’ll be at the event, swing by booth #527 to pick up an application. If you want to get started today, the online training takes approximately one hour and is available online, anytime at GoGreenFinancing.com