Company Information

 

CLE Corporate Office

3015 Dale Court
Ceres, CA 95307 
209-538-2879 Main Office
209-538-2885 Fax

Toll Free 800-498-4110

CLE Southern California Division

Riverside, CA 92630
951-471-1443 Office
209-538-2885 Fax

 Toll Free 800-498-4110

CLE Nevada Office

Reno, NV 89502
775-761-7411 Office
209-538-2885 Fax

Toll Free 800-498-4110

Services

With an ever growing demand for energy efficiency in all aspects of life, we have a variety of services to meet all your energy needs. We offer energy services for New Home Builders, HVAC Installers, and Home Owners. 

Our service include:

  • Title 24 Energy calculations / 2015 IECC Calculations
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Design
  • Build-It-Green and HERS Verifications
  • Energy Star Rating and Consultations
  • CalGreen Inspections and Consultation
Our website is always undergoing improvements, to keep up with the changes in our industry. Check it out, take it for a stroll, and as always, if you have questions or comments about our web-site feel free to contact us.

 

Affiliations

As an active industry advocate, California Living & Energy places heavy emphasis on industry involvement. The following partial list outlines industry association membership:
  • Residential Energy Network (RESNET)
  • California Association of Building Energy Consultants (CABEC)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • National Association of Homebuilders

 

Certifications

As a licensed contractor in three distinct disciplines, California Living & Energy has the wherewithal to provide not only consulting services, but can also complete the necessary improvements. California Living & Energy holds the following certifications:
  • General Contractor's License
  • Mechanical Contractor's License
  • Insulation Contractor's License
  • Licensed engineer on staff
  • Build it Green Certification
  • Energy Efficient Mortgage Program (EEM)
  • HERS ll
  • Green Built Homes of America©
  • CHEERS
  • Calcerts
  • National Comfort Institute
  • Accredited Resnet Rating Provider for Arizona & Nevada

 

Awards

Each year, ENERGY STAR New Homes presents Leadership in Housing Awards to outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection by building or verifying an outstanding number of ENERGY STAR qualified homes, or by sponsoring a local program that supported these activities during the previous year. We proudly recognize their efforts as ENERGY STAR partners.

History

Founded in 1988 by company president Bill Lilly, California Living & Energy has since provided energy consulting services to the new-home, existing-home, multi-family and commercial-building markets. Holding a California State General Contractor's License, as well as licenses for mechanical and insulation contracting, California Living & Energy is a certified Home Energy Rating Systems provider by Calcerts, Inc. and California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services. California Living & Energy has provided engineering services throughout California.

Team Member Biographies

With an internal staff of over 20 professionals operating the Ceres-based headquarters, Southern California division, and the Nevada division. California Living & Energy's Leadership Team consists of four professionals:

William Lilly, President

Bill Lilly first entered the energy-conservation industry in 1976, when he started working with Weathermaster Insulation providing energy-efficient design work for an array of different structures from refrigeration buildings to residential subdivisions. After subsequent years of career growth, Mr. Lilly left Weathercaster in 1981, which would turn out to be right in the middle of the worst recession since The Great Depression, and started his own insulation-contracting firm, which went onto insulate millions of square feet of walls, ceilings and floors in existing homes. Over time, his firm grew to a point where larger insulation contractors became interested in acquiring his company. The company's insulation component was sold in 1988 to Western Insulation, which was subsequently purchased by MASCO Corporation, all the while Mr. Lilly retained ownership of the energy calculations division that would later become a part of Mr. Lilly's other company - California Living & Energy.

During this period, Mr. Lilly secured his contractor's license in three separate designations: general, mechanical and insulation.

For California Living & Energy, it has since grown into an industry leader in both service and stature by providing energy calculations throughout California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. Over time, California Living & Energy has broadened its scope of services by expanding into engineered mechanical design and HERS inspection as well as providing liability-reducing risk management programs for builders. California Living & Energy has produced more than $1.6 million in HERS testing revenue annually.

Mr. Lilly is a certified Calcerts and Resnet Rater, Resnet Green Rater and Certified CHEERS Energy Analyst. He is on the board of directors of CalHERS, a rater support organization, and Teen Challenge, a prisoner support ministry. He is also a National Comfort Institute certified air balance inspector. In 2009, Mr. Lilly was invited to give a presentation on green assessments for multi-family public housing communities at two United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conferences in California.

Mr. Lilly brings a wealth of experience and education in the practical aspect of energy conversation, and by launching two companies amidst recession, he has proven his leadership ability. Bill is married to Anita who manages the accounting department and has one daughter, Lexine who is the contracts administrator.

Jeff Ruth, Vice President of Sales

Jeff Ruth earned his Bachelor of Science, Business Management and Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Suffield University.  Jeff has over 15 years of experience in the Southern and Northern California regions of the building industry and has held progressively responsible roles throughout the years. Since joining California Living and Energy  in 2013, he has utilized his experience and his hard-working attitude to promote Title 24 Energy Calculation, HERS Testing and MEP Engineering services to increasingly drive sales year after year.

He is an essential member of the sales team and supported the company in contracting over 500 projects between 2014 and 2015. Jeff’s extensive knowledge of HERS Inspections and Title 24 Energy Codes has lead California Living and Energy into different markets of the industry.  He is continually working towards finding new ways for California Living and Energy  to be a leader and pioneer in all aspects of our designs. & Energy has two offices in California, Lake Elsinore in Southern California and Ceres in Northern California.

 

Randy Chaffey, BIG, Green built homes of America and CalGreen Manager

Randy Chaffey started his work career with Bank of America in operations management. After 4 years he was recruited to a management position with a large wholesale grocery company. Twenty-two years and two mergers later he decided to start his own company Merchants Wholesale Grocery, serving customers throughout the central valley.

Randy came to California Living & Energy in 2006 and became the Director of Sales. Since then, Randy has completed training in many aspects of energy consulting. He is a member of CABEC, a Certified Green Build Professional and a HERS Rater. He enjoys working with his builder clients on details of Title-24, design and green building.

Married with 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren, Randy holds a BA in Management and an MA in Business Administration.

Tony Castaneda, Vice President and Director of Design and Energy

Tony is a Desert Storm Veteran with over 16 years of Government Service between the Air Force and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tony has extensive experience as a Lead Project Manager, specifically oversight of Planning, Design, Construction, and activation of multi-million dollar medical projects.  Tony managed all the projects for the VA in Northern California over $6million.

Working his way up to Lead PM, Tony spent several years providing Mechanical, Plumbing, and Architectural drawings for in-house medical and admin space remodels. Tony was also the inspector of record for all projects under $3mil. Tony led the way for the VA in designing and constructing LEED certified outpatient buildings, he was the Lead PM for the first LEED silver certified medical building over 20,000 sf in Northern California- this makes Tony a great addition to our Design and Energy team.

 

 

 

For more information, please call us now at (209)538-2879.