About Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California™ is a new statewide program that helps homeowners save money on energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and puts local construction workers back to work.
Alameda County homeowners can qualify for rebates and incentives of up to $4,000 to help pay for fixed home improvements that save energy and water, improve indoor air quality and increase home comfort in hot and cold weather. By improving the efficiency and comfort of a home, these upgrades can also make a home more attractive to potential future buyers.
Homeowners in Alameda County can use this website to learn about upgrade options that qualify for rebates and other incentives, from basic improvements that can be completed in a day (sealing air leaks and insulation) to more advanced upgrades such as energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, water-efficient plumbing fixtures — even solar panels. These improvements may qualify for additional rebates, incentives and tax credits.
Who Can Participate
- Homeowners of single-family houses
- Owners of multi-family residential buildings (visit MultiFamilyGreen.org for more details)
- New construction is not eligible
- Commercial buildings will be added to the Energy Upgrade program later this year
How to Get Started
Contractors participating in Energy Upgrade California are specially trained to make energy efficiency home improvements, and can help homeowners obtain rebates and other incentives. Find a participating contractor in your area here.
Alameda County’s goal is to improve the energy efficiency of 6,000 homes by 2013.
- According to the U.S. EPA, residential energy use accounts for 22 percent of all CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels — creating more greenhouse gases than passenger cars.
- An energy upgrade can reduce a home’s energy use by 10 to 40 percent, significantly reducing the amount of greenhouse gases produced.
In addition to energy efficiency, Alameda County promotes water efficiency, waste reduction, resource conservation and green building improvements.
Collaboration and Funding
Energy Upgrade California is supported by an unprecedented alliance of federal, state and local government agencies and the utility companies.
Funding for the program comes from multiple sources, including federal stimulus funds (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act), the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Program, and the California Energy Commission.
In Alameda County, Energy Upgrade California is led by StopWaste.Org, a public agency committed to helping residents protect our environment through waste reduction and resource conservation, and rebates are provided by PG&E.