COVID-19 Relief and Other Butte CAA Updates

September 04, 2020

Once a month, Butte CAA CEO, Thomas Tenoiro, spends some time with KKXX Chico NOW! Host, Vince Haney, to talk about what's going on at Butte CAA.

August's conversation was full of encouragement and packed with information about COVID-19 updates, the North State Food Bank and housing development projects.

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Fire Season Resources

September 02, 2020

Fire season is a time that California, particularly the North State, is all too familiar with and it's growing longer and feels more intense every year that passes. 

Each year our forest and land management professionals do their part to help prevent fires and our brave firefighters do their part to put out the flames. However, we must also do our part and be prepared to stay safe and educate ourselves on resources of preparing for an emergency, what to do in an emergency, along with fire recovery and supporting others.

We’ve compiled a directory of links to sites with information about wildfire season and keeping you safe. This directory will be updated as new resources become available. 

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LIHEAP Takes Action!

August 07, 2020

You or someone you know may have already been worrying about summer and the uptick in your power and energy costs, and that was even before the pandemic which caused major job losses.

Many of us don’t know when finances will recover or when we will go back to work, though there are bills that still need to be paid. Or even though you are working a full-time job, maybe one and a half, it’s still tough to make ends meet for your family.

Situations like this are exactly what LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is designed to help with. Nationally, LIHEAP has received an extra $900 million in funding this year through the CARES Act to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to its $3.74 billion annual funding for 2020.

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Inexpensive Ways to have Fun this Summer

July 24, 2020

With this summer being different than usual, we wanted to offer some suggestions of how to have fun at home without having to spend much money. Routine, imagination, and getting your body moving are great ways to spend time before school starts up again, as well as ways to keep you positive when school is in session.

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Public Safety Power Shutoffs and Butte CAA

July 10, 2020

CEO Thomas Tenorio and Chico NOW! radio show host Vince Haynie talked about the CAA’s newest effort to respond to the impact of Public Safety Power Shutoffs, or PSPS, events for summer power shutoffs.

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Butte CAA by the Numbers

June 05, 2020

Our mission is to improve the economic security of low-income individuals, and we enjoy sharing stories of success in our community. It's a great way to show everyone that our work at Butte CAA is having a positive impact on lives. 

However, stories can only tell part of the picture. Our very own CEO, Thomas Tenorio, visited Vince Haney at KKXX Chico NOW! radio and had a conversation about Butte CAA's impact measured in numbers. 

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Weatherization Day - October 30th!

October 08, 2019

October is National Energy Awareness month and the 30th is Weatherization Day! As we head into Fall and temperatures start to drop, our energy bills generally go up. Heating our homes can account for as much as 40% of our entire home energy consumption. So why is it important to be aware of our household power use? First of all, COST! 

Low-income families are disproportionately affected by high home energy costs. The average low-income household spends 16.3% of their gross annual income on home energy costs. Comparatively, other households only spend an average of 3.5% of their gross annual income on home energy. This means that making a difference in the energy costs of low-income families can have a dramatic effect on their monthly costs and significantly improve their quality of life.

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Celebrating Weatherization Day and Why it's Important

October 29, 2018

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy declared the month of October as Energy Action Month? Furthermore, did you know that Energy Action Month comes to a close by celebrating Weatherization Day on October 30th?

Weatherization Day is an opportunity for a local, state, and national focus on WAP (Weatherization Assistance Program) and the work that is performed by all the members of the program.  Since 1976, when the program was started, WAP has weatherized over 7.4 million homes across the nation. Now that's something to celebrate!

   

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CAA: Making Life More Comfortable While Saving Energy

June 19, 2018

Our region is subject to some pretty extreme seasonal climate changes. Winters can get very cold and summers are extremely hot, well over 100 degrees for multiple days on end. When you are living in a home with outdated appliances, bad insulation, single pane windows and air gaps around doors, the outside elements come right inside. More than just being uncomfortable, these issues can create health risks for residents. Water leaking in during the winter can cause mold and air quality issues, and sustained heat over 100 degrees for long periods of time can be dangerous for infants and the elderly.

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Positive Feedback for Weatherization Program [Success Story]

March 19, 2018

The Energy and Environmental Services division of Butte County Community Action Agency focuses on helping low-income households save energy through weatherization programs, appliance and heating/cooling system repairs and replacements, water conservation with low-flow fixtures and a variety of other improvements. There is also an emphasis on health and safety, making sure that smoke detectors are working and checking for gas and carbon monoxide leaks. The improvements that we offer save our clients an average of $283 per year on their utility bills.

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