Rebates and Financing
Rebates & Financing
Rebates for homeowners who purchase and have installed whole house energy efficiency upgrades are now available throughout California. These are offered through Energy Upgrade California, a statewide program supported by utilities and local government energy efficiency funds. For more information about the Energy Upgrade California program, visit Energy Upgrade California.
Other Financing Resources
- Financing Options for Home Owners in California–Learn about secured, unsecured, solar specific and local county programs for your energy upgrade project in California
- Income-Based Energy Efficiency Programs–For homeowners in Calfornia and other states. You will be taken to the DESIRE site where you can access multiple types of programs for multiple states.
About Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California (EUC) is a statewide program that provides rebates to homeowners who hire Participating Contractors to install energy efficiency upgrades. Participating Contractors in Energy Upgrade California use a “house-as-a-system” approach that looks at the house as one large system rather than simply examining individual components (e.g., HVAC, lighting, and windows) separately. Energy Upgrade California provides homeowners with opportunities to qualify for thousands of dollars of utility and local government incentives by making qualifying energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes. The program was developed to help Californians reduce their energy use, help homeowners reduce their energy bills and increase the comfort of their homes, and increase the number of in-state green jobs. Energy Upgrade California is a partnership between the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, and it is supported financially, in part, by local utility companies.
Rebates through EUC are distributed by many utility providers across the state. The CBPCA administers the EUC program for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), it provides contractor training for the programs sponsored by Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), and performs the quality assurance in Sacramento for Pacific Gas and Electric’s program. Though the utility provider issues a homeowner’s rebate check, CBPCA either currently or in the past has managed contractor admission to the program, submission of home performance data, home performance energy modeling, quality assurance and quality control, and rebate authorization systems. Additionally, CBPCA provides contractor mentoring and training.
Homeowners are offered two packages by the Energy Upgrade California Program. The Basic Package includes a complete pre-determined set of retrofit measures and homeowners receive a fixed rebate value. The Advanced Package requires a customized scope of work for each house based on diagnostic testing, contractor recommendations, and homeowner goals. The amount of the rebate depends on the percentage of energy savings modeled for each home. Rebates can reach into the thousands of dollars depending on the home’s location and utility service provider. Details of each package vary slightly depending on the home’s energy provider.
For more information about the Energy Upgrade program, visit the statewide Energy Upgrade California statewide program website.