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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.
zero net energy buildings


By 2033, we want all the buildings in our region to be super efficient, generating as much energy as they use.


Empowering people to save energy

Through our community outreach programs, we make it possible for you — the individual — to learn from experts and success stories, get empowered, and make changes to your home or business. Stay tuned to our monthly newsletter and Facebook page for upcoming events.

Raising the bar on energy efficiency for new buildings

We’re helping local governments create some of the strongest building energy codes in the nation. Why? By setting local “reach codes” that go beyond statewide standards, our community saves energy and demonstrates to other regions what can be accomplished on a local level.

Thanks to support and guidance from CEC and the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP), the City of Goleta now requires all buildings within city limits to exceed California’s Title 24 — which is already the most aggressive state energy standard in the U.S. We’re working to get similar “reach codes” adopted in the City of Santa Barbara and City of Carpinteria in the near future.

Helping businesses save energy

CEC connects local business owners with energy efficient products and rebates, free energy audits, and free programs for businesses, such as a free lighting retrofit from Southern California Edison. We regularly conduct energy evaluations for businesses working toward the Santa Barbara County Green Business Program.

Keeping contractors cutting edge

CEC reaches out to contractors and building energy professionals to educate them about the latest energy efficiency rebate programs so they can help their clients save money. We also connect them with training opportunities so they can stay on top of the latest improvements in efficient building practices.


Get Educated

Read CEC’s “Get Started” guides to for steps to take to move toward being a zero net energy building.

Track Energy Use 

Find out where energy is being wasted by setting up a tracking system. Our Saving Energy Get Started Guide is designed to walk you through all the particulars.

Support Santa Barbara Green Businesses 

Support the certified Green Businesses in the county of Santa Barbara, which include restaurants, hotels, spas, retail stores, and other local businesses.

Build A Neighborhood Movement

We believe Santa Barbara has the potential for a zero net energy home on every block, and we need your help to get that traction in the community. Find a home performance contractor to advise you on energy efficiency projects for your home.

Share Your Story  

Inspire people with the story of how you saved energy in your home, performed an energy audit, or a conducted a whole-home energy retrofit. If your family or someone in your social network has a compelling story about how they saved energy, contact us today to share.

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