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Small Business Energy Efficiency Challenge

Energy Challenge

COSE is launching its first Energy Efficiency Challenge specifically for small businesses. We believe that as the market begins to reward companies, large and small, for energy efficient practices, pressure for energy efficiency in B-to-B and B-to-C transactions will begin to increase. Providing the small business community with the tools and resources they need to ensure that they are ahead of the curve while managing a positive bottom line is critical. So, we want to reward small businesses for any energy efficiency project you may have taken on to reduce your energy and improve your bottom line.

I am pleased to say that we have some great prizes to give away too.

One grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the following sectors: goods and services, office/retail and home-business. The grand prize winner may not also be a sector winner. In addition, winners will receive a free one year COSE membership and a free one year registration to Green Plus™. Green Plus is a green and sustainable certification and education program that is designed specifically for small and medium sized businesses. It gives employers affordable, practical support in succeeding financially while being good to their environment, employees and community.

The cash prizes are as follows:
$10,000 – overall prize winner
$2,500 – goods and services sector
$2,500 – office/retail sector
$1,500 – home business sector

So what are you waiting for? Nominate your business today and/or spread the word. Winners will be announced on stage on October 20-21 at the 2010 COSE Small Business Conference. Only COSE members are eligible.

Spread the word and hope to see you at the COSE Small Business Conference! For more details, please check out www.cose.org/energychallenge!

GET UTILITIES PAID This Friday!

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a once a year utility bill assistance program for low income households to help offset the cost of heating or cooling their homes. After eligibility determination, a credit is applied to their account. The current benefit amount ranges from $178.00 to $297.00 a year depending on the household size and household income.

AUGUST 13, 2010 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Love, Peace, and Happiness Family Church
1850 W. 54th Street (near Western)
Los Angeles, CA 90043

Eligibility Requirements: You must reside within the following cities — Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, Paramount, Redondo Beach and Torrance.

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Ways To Improve Gas Mileage and Lower Car Costs

With average gasoline prices above $3.00 in Los Angeles and Americans even more concerned about fuel economy as oil spills into the Gulf of Mexico are there things car owners can do to improve gas mileage?

Here is a list of 23 top tips for better gas mileage including keeping your tires properly inflated and lightening your load.

And here is a top ten list of misconceptions about fuel economy including the misplaced belief that using premium fuel improves fuel economy.

Southern California Residential Retrofit Summit On May 17th

retrofit summit

MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010 (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Energy Resource Center
Southern California Gas Company
9240 Firestone Boulevard
Downey, CA 90241-5321

SESSION TOPICS:

-Upcoming Federal, Utility, and Local Energy Efficiency Financing Programs
-Professional Training for Contractors
-Contractor and Small Business Resources
-Workforce Panel
-Home Performance Contractor Panel
-Regional Leadership Team Brainstorm

To register for this seminar visit here or call 1-800-427-6584 and select option #1.

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