About Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade
Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. The program encourages a “whole house” approach to energy improvements that maximizes their benefits and helps homeowners take advantage of every opportunity to save energy and money.
Visit the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Home Upgrade website to find a participating contractor.
Home Upgrade – up to $3,150 in rebates
The Home Upgrade option offers up to $3,150 in rebates. It focuses on sealing up leaks and improving the shell of a house, keeping a home comfortable inside and lowering energy bills. For example, instead of simply replacing your air conditioning unit, you can get assistance with other issues that may be preventing you from being comfortable. Upgrades could include attic, wall, and floor insulation, duct sealing, AC and furnace replacements and window replacements, as well as other improvements.
Homeowners must choose three or more measures from a flexible menu of options, including one basic measure. Each measure has an assigned number of points, with bonus points for additional basic measures. The more points, the higher the rebate.
Visit PG&E’s Build Your Own Upgrade Bundle to customize your project and estimate your rebate.
Advanced Home Upgrade – up to $6,500 in rebates; greater energy savings qualify for larger rebates
The Advanced Home Upgrade option offers up to $6,500 in rebates. It goes beyond sealing up a building’s shell by providing more in-depth energy savings, as well as improved home comfort and enhanced indoor air quality. Homeowners who participate in the Advanced Home Upgrade option receive a thorough home inspection and special testing to identify ways that they can maximize energy savings.
Rebates are calculated using energy modeling software and are based on energy savings.
Some of the upgrades in this package may include:
- Air conditioning system
- Water heater
- Wall insulation
- Dual-pane windows
- Cool roof
- Variable-speed pool pump
Why Home Upgrade is Good for Sonoma County
Good for homeowners
Long-term payoff includes:
- More stable and comfortable home temperatures (cooler in summer, warmer on cold days)
- Improved indoor air quality for better health
- Energy savings
- Enhanced home value
Good for the economy
- Stimulates the local economy by putting contractors back to work and adding jobs
Good for the environment
- According to the U.S. EPA, residential energy use accounts for 22 percent of all CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels — creating more greenhouse gases than passenger cars.
- By helping homeowners reduce energy use, Energy Upgrade California in Sonoma County significantly reduces residential greenhouse gas emissions, a key to achieving local climate protection goals.
Sonoma County homeowners can call (707) 565-6470 to learn more about available rebates and tax credits, the benefits of a whole house approach to energy upgrades, or to find a Participating Contractor.
History of the Program
Energy Upgrade California™ is a statewide set of programs that help residents and business owners reduce energy use and save money by providing rebates, incentives, and financing. Through these programs, Sonoma County property owners address their energy saving needs by taking a “whole-building” approach, because it takes more than just switching out light bulbs to achieve maximum efficiency.
Energy Upgrade California™ is an unprecedented alliance among California counties, cities, non-profit organizations, the state’s investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company), and publicly owned utilities. Funding for this effort comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, also known as federal stimulus funds), California utility ratepayers, and private contributions. Energy upgrade rebates are administered by participating utilities.
The goals of this statewide effort are four-fold:
- Help residential and commercial consumers and the building industry become knowledgeable about the many energy and water efficiency programs and financing options that will be available during the next several years including the State Energy Programs, utility company home upgrade programs, local rebates, appliance and renewable energy rebates, and energy financing programs.
- Provide a consistent and clear message regarding how consumers can choose the best energy-efficient measures and the right contractors to provide those services.
- Drive consumers and contractors to a central resource that provides educational information that links all the state energy efficiency upgrade, rebates, and incentive programs.
- Educate the building trades and home improvement industry on jobs, training, and required certifications.