South San Francisco, CA July 15, 2016 by Sheri Boles, CPUC
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wants to protect you from unscrupulous scams involving phony Energy Upgrade California contractors and/or solicitations.
Here’s how the scam typically works: An individual or entity will contact you via a telemarketing call, door-to-door visit, email, or letter in the mail, claiming to be a contractor or rater who represents Energy Upgrade California, which is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources. The con artist will say they can make your home more energy efficient, or that you will no longer receive energy savings or discounts if you do not use their services or buy their products. This con artist will also use company or program names that sound familiar to Energy Upgrade California in hopes of confusing you.
Here’s how you can avoid the scam: It’s easy to check if the supposed contractor or rater is considered an approved Participating Contractor or Rater with Energy Upgrade California. Visit the Energy Upgrade California webpage for a list of approved participating contractors or raters at http://myenergy.energyupgradeca.org/contractor/search and type in either the name or your zip code.
Report them! If you’ve received this type of bogus solicitation, please contact the CPUC’s Safety & Enforcement Division:
You are our eyes and ears of the community. The information you provide may assist with a CPUC investigation into this illegal activity against California consumers.
For more information on Energy Upgrade California, please visit www.energyupgradeca.gov.
For more information on the CPUC, please visit www.cpuc.ca.gov.