Neighborhood Power Partners
The Neighborhood Power Partners program is a pilot where residents are ambassadors to their neighbors, providing education on the benefits of switching from gas to electricity for our environment, the health and wellness of the community and their families.
Residents who have installed gas-to-electric upgrades in their homes will share how these improvements improved the efficiency and comfort of their homes and helped them save on their electric bills.
This pilot is launching in Curtis Park and Oak Park and will be open to other neighborhoods and businesses in the future.
Curtis Park is a largely residential neighborhood and is known for its charming vintage homes including Victorian, Bungalow, and 1920s revival style subdivisions.
Sacramento's first suburb, Oak Park also developed a second "downtown" retail and entertainment district.
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Curtis Park is defined as north of Sutterville Road, south of Broadway Ave., east of Freeport Boulevard and west of Highway 99. Curtis Park is a largely residential neighborhood and is known for its charming vintage homes including Victorian, Bungalow and 1920s revival style subdivisions.
The Curtis Park Electric Stars are residents who have made upgrades from gas to electric and are eager to share their experiences with their neighbors. If you live in the neighborhood, the Curtis Park Electric Stars ready to help you make the change with information about SMUD rebates and access to qualified contractors. To learn more, email the Curtis Park Electric Stars.
Also, if you’ve upgraded from gas to electric and were happy with your contractor, let the Curtis Park Electric Stars know!
The de Courcy family
Sean de Courcy and his family were motivated to go electric by concern over climate change and extremely high summer electric costs during the first year of the pandemic when they were staying home. Despite those high costs, the family was still uncomfortable on hot days. Sean is the Preservation Director for the City of Sacramento and talks to residents regularly about how to make energy efficient upgrades to their older homes.
The de Courcy family made multiple upgrades to their home. They installed two heat pump HVAC systems, one upstairs and one downstairs. The family has definitely noticed a difference in comfort, especially at night. Sean says, “Our bedrooms are all upstairs and the heat rises up there. The new split system really keeps those rooms cool on hot nights. Having two separate HVAC systems means we can cool or heat one floor at a time resulting in lower energy usage.”
Other upgrades include installing two electric vehicle chargers, new attic insulation, new wiring and new insulated ductwork. They also upgraded their electrical panel. Having a larger, modern electrical panel allowed them to add a subpanel in their garage to run tools and other equipment. The de Courcy family received over $11,000 in SMUD rebates to offset the cost of these upgrades.
Making these upgrades has helped the de Courcy family enjoy a more comfortable home plus save on their summer electricity costs and winter gas bills.
The Trost family
Concerns about the environment and an interest in saving on energy bills motivated Anne-Christin Trost and her family to start making the switch from gas to electric appliances and systems in their Curtis Park home. Their first upgrades were a heat pump HVAC system and an electric fireplace. They felt that upgrading to the heat pump HVAC was easy!
Since making the switch, they’ve seen much lower gas bills. Anne-Christin says, “The gas fireplace was terribly pricey to run. Our electric bills do seem lower and our comfort has increased. We try to use less power during peak hours but not always sure that we succeed. But we have noticed lower heating costs. An induction cooktop is next on our list to upgrade.”
Sacramento's first suburb, Oak Park also developed a second "downtown" retail and entertainment district, distinct from Sacramento's downtown, running along 35th Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north and 5th Avenue and McClatchy Park to the south. Oak Park is located southeast of downtown Sacramento. Broadway, a major boulevard in the city, forms a kind of commercial spine through the area, and is lined with palm trees and quaint older commercial buildings.
If you live in the neighborhood, the Oak Park Neighborhood Association and the Oak Park Power Partners are ready to help with information about SMUD programs and services, rebates and access to qualified contractors. To learn more, email the Oak Park Neighborhood Association.