Bay Area Regional Energy Network: Single-Family Home Upgrades
New programs and rebates are now available for single-family homeowners in the Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements. Eligible improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more. Homeowners can be eligible for incentives from $1,000 to $2,500 with an Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade and incentives from $1,000 to $4,500, plus a $300 home energy assessment rebate, with an Advanced Home Upgrade. In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor by calling (866) 878-6008 or by submitting a brief form on the Bay Area Energy Upgrade website. The site also features a list of participating contractors in the Bay Area. Homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrade can contact a participating contractor directly. For more information, please view the brochure.Energy Upgrade California: Multifamily Building Enhancements
Energy Upgrade California in the Bay Area offers free energy planning assistance and cash rebates for multifamily properties that undertake energy and green upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 10% or more of a building’s energy usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade. Additionally, the program offers customized energy consultation of up to $5,000. The program is open to multifamily buildings with five or more attached dwelling units. Visit Multifamily.EnergyUpgradeCA.org for more information.
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The Go Solar California! campaign is a joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission with the goal to encourage Californians to install 3,000 megawatts of solar energy systems on homes and businesses by the end of 2016. The Go Solar California website provides California consumers a “one-stop shop” for information on solar programs, rebate programs (like the California Solar Initiative and New Solar Home Partnership), and other information on installing and interconnecting solar electric and solar thermal systems.
Property Assessed Clean Energy ("PACE") is a financing mechanism that offers a way for property owners to receive upfront funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water efficiency improvements for their home or business -- and to repay on their property tax bill over the course of up to 20-years and allows property owners to save money and energy. For more information on PACE Financing Programs that are currently available, click here.
The Weatherization Program is a federal and state funded program whose purpose is to assist low and/or fixed income people in making their homes more energy efficient. The program is available regardless of whether you own or rent, live in a house or an apartment. Upon submission of an approved application, a qualified representative of the program will do an on-site assessment of the residence to determine what energy saving measures are needed. Improvements may include: installation of ceiling installation, gas furnace and appliance repair or replacement, weather-stripping of exterior doors, replacement of exterior doors and windows, installation of carbon monoxide alarms, plug gaskets, installation of programmable thermostats, installation of water saving devices, and other minor repairs. Check it out at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=282.
Neighborhood Preservation Program
The Neighborhood Preservation Program is a program that provides loans to low and moderate-income persons to improve their homes by correcting health and safety problems and improving livability. Work completed may include re-roofing, plumbing, heating, and electrical repairs, termite and dry rot repair, security, exterior painting, and improving disabled accessibility. Available loans include low-interest loans (3%) and zero-interest deferred payment loans for up to $40,000. The loan assistance program allows you (particularly seniors) to use your equity that you have accumulated over the years, rather than make monthly payments. Check it out at http://ca-contracostacounty.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=287.
Keep Your Home CaliforniaKeep Your Home California is a $2 billion federally funded effort to help California families struggling to pay their mortgages through four different programs. The programs are designed specifically for low or moderate income homeowners who are either unemployed or are facing another financial hardship, have fallen behind on their mortgages and owe significantly more than the value of their homes. The programs provide mortgage assistance of up to $3,000 per month for unemployed homeowners, up to $15,000 to help homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments due to a temporary change in household circumstance, funds to reduce the principal owed on a mortgage where the homeowner is experiencing financial hardship and owes more than the home is worth, and transition assistance to help borrowers relocate to a new housing situation after executing a short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure program. Check it out at http://keepyourhomecalifornia.org.