For Immediate Release: November 19, 2018

SMUD provides $450,000 to Mutual Housing California

Energy efficiency upgrades will save money and reduce pollutants

SMUD—Sacramento’s not-for-profit, community-owned electric utility—provided $450,000 in funding to Mutual Housing California to help upgrade four, multi-family housing complexes with energy efficiency upgrades.

“We live in one of the dirtiest air basins in the country. It’s important that we invest dollars into the underserved communities to ensure equity as new technologies emerge,” said SMUD’s Chief Customer Officer Nicole Howard. “In fact, since 2016 we have completed more than 10,000 energy efficiency projects, and our Board has committed to investing $10 million dollars through 2019 to improve energy efficiency in areas that need it most.”

The first of four projects starts this week at Mutual Housing at River Gardens in Northgate, where $200,000 will help replace 77 HVAC units. 

“These projects will ultimately lower the electricity bills for nearly 170 Mutual Housing California households by replacing their existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that, frankly, are the oldest and least efficient in our housing portfolio,” said Mutual Housing Director of Asset Management Bryan Dove.

Mutual Housing at River Gardens presently has the highest peak-hour summer energy usage out of all 19 communities. These units will help River Gardens’ energy usage drop below the system-wide average. 

The additional $250,000 will replace 91 additional HVAC systems, light fixtures and appliances at three more communities—Victory Townhomes Mutual Housing Community, Mutual Housing at Dixieanne and Mutual Housing at Norwood. The projects total nearly $7 million. SMUD’s contribution helps Mutual Housing accelerate the start of the projects and realize reduced energy costs even sooner.

“These funds put more money in our residents’ pockets. At the same time, they will provide Mutual Housing California with the ability to upgrade our affordable housing portfolio. This is a tremendous reflection of the benefits that our partnership with SMUD produces for low-income communities,” said Dove.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, visit