Energy upgrades are a smart investment for your home and they can improve its energy efficiency, comfort, health, and durability. Plus, special financing and thousands of dollars of rebates may be available, and lower income residents may qualify to get services for free (see below). For ideas of ways to save energy in your home, including heating and cooling and electricity use, see our tips. Our solar page has information about programs and resources for renewable systems. Think that your electric bill is too high? Watch our webinar: "Secrets for Controlling Energy Use in Larger Homes."
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Programs for residents
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) now offers new programs and rebates for homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements including air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulations; and more. Homeowners can be eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $4,500 with an Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade and/or Advanced Home Upgrade. A $300 home energy assessment rebate is available through Advanced Home upgrade. A free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide one-to-one assistance to homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Call 866-878-6008 or submit a brief form on BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org. If you're ready to get started, you can call a participating contractor directly. BayREN is made up of public agencies representing all nine counties within the Bay Area.
Energy Upgrade California’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and free energy consulting for multi-family properties that undertake energy upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save about 10% of a building’s energy usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade. The program is open to multifamily buildings with five or more attached dwelling units in the nine county Bay Area. For more information call (510) 891-6558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit MultiFamily.EnergyUpgradeCA.Org. This program is provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN).
Residents may be eligible for free weatherization and energy-efficiency retrofits including attic insulation, high-efficiency lighting, weather-stripping and caulking, low-flow showerheads, and faucet aerators. The income threshold for persons on a fixed income starts at $31,460 for a household of one and two and increases by $8,120 for each additional household member. Find out if you qualify by contacting El Concilio of San Mateo County at 650-373-1087. For help paying your energy bill, visit this PG&E website.
Homeowner's associations (HOA) are considered non-profit organizations, and can use SMC Energy Watch's turnkey lighting program for common areas. Individual units can use the Energy Upgrade program (see above - contact 866-878-6008 for assistance). HOAs with pools should get an audit of their pool pump.
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing
Homeowners can pay for energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects over time on their property tax bills through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. To find a PACE financing company that your city has approved to work in your community, type your zip code into this map from the Center for Sustainable Energy.
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