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Green Life, Green Brea
Working Toward a Sustainable Brea
Information will keep expanding about Brea's varied sustainability efforts. Even though the solar power installations are complete and many awards have been received, the work is not complete to make Brea a more environmentally minded community. You can review past project details or explore results using various pages in in this website section. And as efforts continue to grow to wisely use resources, you too are invited to contribute your personal efforts to become conservation-minded in your own home and business.

In the fall of 2012 Brea approved an additional Sustainability Planning document to help guide future efforts.

HERO Program Opens to Brea Homeowners
Brea is among the first Orange County cities to authorize a new financing program  for renovation projects that increase energy efficiency. Rather than making monthly payments, HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) allows  property owners to repay over time through a voluntary annual assessment that can be added onto their property tax bill for five, ten, fifteen or twenty years. This optional type of repayment method is authorized by state law (AB811 and AB474) It is NOT a new tax.

HERO is intended to help lower utility bills, increase property values and overall to make communities more sustainable. Many different types of home improvements may qualify. In general, eligible upgrades are installations that increase energy efficiency, or conservation. Many types of clean energy upgrades might also be considered: cool roofs, window and door replacements, irrigation and lighting control systems as examples.

The HERO program offers a homeowner fixed-interest rates and flexible payment terms. Contractors who offer the HERO finance option must be certified by attending special training and be properly licensed for their trade specialty in the cities where they work. As a good practice, homeowners can request competing bids from different contractors and of course, should carefully evaluate all lending choices.

To learn more, please visit heroprogram.com or call 855-HERO-411 (855-437-6411) to speak with a program representative.

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