Among the many innovative programs that Peninsula Clean Energy offers its customers in San Mateo County is its Healthy Home Connect program. It’s designed to assist struggling families in San Mateo County not only with energy-efficiency issues that call for such improvements as new insulation, weather stripping and window replacement, but with health-related concerns as well. Your home could literally be making you ill. Health-related “triggers” such as poor ventilation, rodent infestation and leaking roofs can set off a host of ailments, including asthma, headaches and fatigue. To compound the problem, an unhealthy house affects the most vulnerable – the elderly and children. Peninsula Clean Energy funds Healthy Home Connect in partnership with PG&E and local, state and federal agencies. The result is free home repair for qualified customers. “We really get into the health of the house, that’s where we have to concentrate in our community, especially for fixed-income and low-income (homeowners)” says Joaquin Narvaez, green programs manager with El Concilio, a community nonprofit dedicated to improving quality of life for the underserved. It’s contracted by Peninsula Clean Energy to help run Healthy Home Connect. “People’s houses are deteriorating along with their health,” Narvaez adds. “We want to fix that, and our goal is to expand the program at least county-wide and maybe state-wide.” The Healthy Home Connect process is straightforward, involving an interview with the homeowner and a detailed house inspection.