Energy Education Center, Tulare
Our Tulare Energy Education Center offers a wide range of resources to help you make better energy decisions for your home or business. Attend classes and workshops, see the latest energy-saving technologies, learn about rebate programs, and get help through technical consulting.
Energy Education Center, Tulare
4175 South Laspina Street
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
We are conveniently located in the heart of California's agricultural community, off Highway 99, in the city of Tulare.
Tool Lending Library
The Tool Lending Library offers the tools and knowledge you need to make your home or business more energy efficient. You can also browse our Tool Catalogue or view one of our helpful videos below. To make a tool request or attend a seminar, fill out our Tool Lending request form or contact us at 1-800-772-4822.
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Photovoltaic Canopy and Tracking Demonstration
See a live, grid-connected Photovoltaic system in action! Our power-generating display also features various solar panel technologies, including a solar monitoring mechanism that tracks the sun to maximize solar-power production. These displays are also used in our training classes and to promote the California Solar Initiative (CSI).
Ground Source Heat Pump
Geothermal Heat Pumps can offer increased energy efficiency compared to traditional air source heat pumps. Our working model shows you how.
Our 4.5-acre outdoor space has working displays that showcase innovations in chemigation, agriculture, outdoor lighting, photovoltaic, and irrigation and pumping. It is open to the public year round.
Our solar technology displays highlight different types of solar cells and explain how solar tracking can increase their energy-production. You can also learn about how to bring solar power to your home or business through our classes.
Cool Roof Display
A cool roof reflects 65% of the sun’s energy, instead of absorbing it like common roofing material. Installing a cool roof saves money and helps the environment, too. It’s not only cool, its smart!
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
See the inner workings of our 5-Ton HVAC and Split-System HVAC units, and attend a class or seminar to learn how an efficient HVAC system can benefit you and the environment.
The Exhibit Hall is the largest classroom at the site and is used for community, public, and educational events. When not in use for events, you will find educational, mobile and interactive displays on hi-bay lighting, LEDs, motors and drives, HVAC systems, A/C ducting, and the Free Tool Lending Library display. You will also find information on our rebates and programs.
Learn how to use sunlight to your advantage. The smart use of daylighting can significantly reduce your operating costs by displacing electric light, typically the largest energy-user in commercial and educational buildings.
Insulated Concrete Form
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls can reduce 30%-40% of the energy used for heating and cooling. They are also resistant to fire and severe weather, and can keep out 20% more noise than standard stud frame walls.
Get a first-hand look at the latest in lighting technologies, lamps, and controls. The Light Lab has more than 150 options on display so you can compare the color and efficiency of various lights for virtually any use in homes, offices or industry.
Structured Insulated Panels (SIP) Building
On the outside this building looks like any other, but its structured, insulated panels give it exceptional strength and energy-efficiency. SIPs are usually load-bearing laminates of foam and wood sheathing materials that are used for building exterior walls, roofs, floors and foundations in homes and commercial buildings. They are shipped from the factory to the building site and assembled by framing crews. SIPs are highly insulating and tests performed by national laboratories back up product claims that they can survive hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and even indoor fires.