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Rebates & Incentives

There are a number of financial assistance options available to you from local energy providers and the State of California. Options range from rebates on efficient appliances to incentives for participating in events, or more holistic approaches to energy efficiency, like the Home Upgrade program. Contact your energy provider to see what's best for your home. 

 

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program is a “whole house” approach to home energy efficiency. Rather than focusing on individual energy-efficiency upgrades, the program addresses your home’s energy needs as a complete system. For example, your air conditioner can keep your house cool and use less energy if you seal the air ducts to eliminate drafts. Home Upgrade helps you maximize your energy efficiency, lower your energy costs, and increase your home’s comfort.

BENEFITS & REQUIREMENTS

A home upgrade is for homeowners who:

  • Want a cost-effective way to improve their home’s energy efficiency.
  • Have heating and/or cooling systems that need to be replaced
  • Don’t have many of the available measures already installed

Benefits of A Home Upgrade

How does saving money while you save energy sound to you? There are numerous reasons to undertake a Home Upgrade, like incentives and rebates of up to $5,500* for improvements to your single-family home. Note only single family, detached homes, built in 2001 or earlier, are eligible to receive Home Upgrade rebates. Benefits can include:

  • Improved comfort and indoor air quality
  • Reduced energy use
  • Lower utility costs
  • Increased home value

How does the Home Upgrade Program work?

The Home Upgrade Program allows you to bundle several energy efficiency improvements for maximum savings. You’ll work with home energy professionals including participating contractors who have been trained in the “whole house” energy management approach. They’ll help you determine which improvements are best for your home, fill out necessary paperwork (including rebate/incentive forms) , and conduct safety compliance checks.

Eligible Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

You’ll need to combine at least three total upgrade measures to be eligible. Eligible home energy efficiency improvements include air sealing, duct sealing, high-efficiency appliances (furnaces, air conditioners, hot water heaters), energy-efficient windows, and insulation (attic, wall, floor and/or ducts). The Home Upgrade Program can help you achieve your goal of maximizing energy savings, improving your comfort and saving you money throughout the year.
 
You must choose a minimum of three upgrades, one Base Measure plus two (or more) Base or Flex measures (see lists below) to qualify. Please contact your energy provider for details.

Base Measures:

  • Duct sealing
  • Duct replacement
  • Whole building air sealing
  • Attic insulation and air sealing

Flex Measures:

  • Wall insulation
  • Floor insulation
  • Duct insulation
  • Furnace
  • Air conditioner
  • Gas storage water heater
  • Gas on-demand water heater
  • Electric storage water heater
  • Energy-efficient windows

OPTIONS

There are two Home Upgrade Program options to choose from: Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade or Advanced Home Upgrade. Participating contractors can help you select which option is best for you and direct you to more ways to reduce energy costs and find potential financing options.

What’s The Difference Between Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade?

Home Upgrade

Focuses on your building shell to help maintain a warmer or cooler indoor environment. It can improve your home’s energy efficiency by at least 10%. Upgrades may include insulation, whole-house air sealing, duct sealing, furnace and AC replacements and other energy efficiency improvements to help you lower your utility bill and increase your comfort.

Advanced Home Upgrade

Includes the above improvements as well as other upgrades and equipment replacement. Your participating contractor works with you to develop a customized plan to achieve energy reductions of up to 45%. Additional upgrades may include a whole house fan, cool roof, hardwired lighting, tankless water heater system, energy-efficient windows and more.

Please visit your local energy provider’s website to get in touch with a participating contractor and choose the option that works best for you.

REBATES & MORE

Rebates for Energy-Efficient Home Upgrades

Every home is different, so the cost of a home upgrade will vary. But an average $2,300 rebate covers approximately 15% of project costs.

Work with a specially trained participating contractor (or rater) or a home upgrade advisor to review possible energy efficiency improvements that meet your energy and comfort needs. You must choose a minimum of three measures to qualify to receive up to $3000 in rebates.
 
For the Advanced Home Upgrade option, rebates are calculated based on the energy saved by your upgrade. Rebates start at $550 and may exceed $5,500*. Work with your contractor to determine your rebate amount.

Green Is Good

You can further enhance your home upgrade with green building improvements, solar energy and other projects that conserve resources and help the environment. You might be eligible for additional utility, city and county incentives.

*Customers may also be eligible for incentives exceeding $5,500 based on their calculated energy savings. Work with your participating contractor or rater to calculate your upgrade’s incentive.
 
Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and is directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a
first-come, first-served basis and are effective until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice.

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