The mission of the Community Energy Program is to serve the Santa Clara County community through providing education and services that promote sustainable living practices among County residents and business owners. Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade is a regional program administered through the Community Energy Program.
Attention Santa Clara County Homeowners
Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade
New Rebates Available Now
Santa Clara County single family homeowners are eligible for up to $6,500 in rebates for making their homes more energy efficient. There are 2 Home Upgrade options available:
Advanced Home Upgrade
Choose upgrades from a menu of options
Rebate is based on a deemed point system
Customized based on an Energy Assessment
Rebate is based on modeled percent of energy savings
Incentives: $1,000 - $3,000
Plus $150 towards the combustion safety test
Incentives: $1,000 - $6,500
Plus $300 towards the energy assessment
Why Home Upgrade?
Quick, lower cost option towards energy efficiency
Already have efficient appliances and heating/cooling systems
Don’t have any upgrades currently installed
Why Advanced Home Upgrade?
Want a customized upgrade and Energy Assessment
Want the most energy savings and highest incentive
Need to replace heating/cooling system
Already planning a home remodel
Santa Clara County Open House Incentive Program
Receive a $500 incentive
Participate in the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade or Advanced Upgrade and complete an Open House event.
SCC Open House Application
FREE Home Upgrade Profile
Call 408-503-6500 to schedule
Considering an Upgrade? The Home Upgrade Profile team will visit your home to visually inspect your home’s insulation, appliances, windows, air sealing, and other energy efficiency systems to help you get started. Then you can find a participating contractor and begin your upgrade.
FREE Home Upgrade Advisor
Call 866-878-6008 or complete form at BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org
A free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help you through every step of your upgrade. They can assist you in choosing energy efficiency improvements, and will work with you before, during, and after the upgrade to ensure you are able to take full advantage of Home Upgrade rebates.
FREE Neighborhood Events
Register at homeupgradeworkshop.eventbrite.com or call 408-503-6500
Santa Clara County homeowner workshops, tabling events, and open houses will help you learn more about energy efficiency, how to receive rebates, and how to find a participating contractor.
Find a Participating Contractor
Go to BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org
Participating contractors have been specially trained, certified, and vetted to conduct home energy assessments and complete Home Upgrade projects. They have extensive training in building science, combustion safety, and energy modeling through the Building Performance Institute. Participating contractors use advanced diagnostic tools to ensure the upgrade work done in your home will help you maximize energy savings, health and safety, and comfort. Only participating contractors are eligible to provide Home Upgrade rebates.
Santa Clara County Participating Contractors
|Chandler Building/ EcoProach
Sandium Heating and Air
San Jose, CA
Valley Heating, Cooling & Electrical
San Jose, CA
Pelle Heating & Air Conditioning
San Jose, CA
Air & Plumbing Systems
A Plus Heating & Air Conditioning
Participating Contractors working in Santa Clara County
San Francisco, CA
Testing and Rating
Testers and Raters based in Santa Clara County
Elements – Zero Energy
San Jose, CA
*Energy Assessment testing only
Simple Home Energy
Los Gatos, CA
*Energy Assessment testing only
Participating Contractors have been specifically trained for Energy Upgrade California® and have met required qualifications to be part of the program. All Energy Upgrade Participating Contractors have a valid California contractor’s license, appropriate bonding, and have specified certifications and/or training for the work being performed. In addition, Participating Contractors are experts in energy efficiency and are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). BPI is an independent, nonprofit organization that works with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop standards for home performance and weatherization improvements. As part of the Energy Upgrade program, BPI trains Participating Contractors in the “whole house” concept and the comprehensive “whole house” diagnostic assessments.
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network is a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. BayREN draws on the experience and expertise of Bay Area local governments to design and implement effective energy savings programs.
Eligibility Requirements for Participating in Home Upgrade?
1. Own a single family, detached home in the 9 County BayREN region which includes Santa Clara County
2. Use a BayREN Participating Contractor
3. The homeowner must complete the home assessment and improvements between July 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015.
All property owners of existing single family homes and multi-family properties (1 to 4 units) in counties throughout California can participate if they own an eligible property serviced by a public utility such as PG&E. If you are the owner of a residential building, you do not need to reside in the home to participate in the program. Rebates and incentives vary by location.
City of Santa Clara residents are eligible for a portion of the Energy Upgrade California® rebates offered by PG&E. The amount of rebates is dependent on the reduction of gas usage and determined by PG&E. Contact a participating contractor for more information.
City of Palo Alto residents are not eligible for rebates through Energy Upgrade California®. These rebates are funded by the PG&E rate payers and are available to PG&E customers only. See below for links to energy efficiency programs for Palo Alto Residents.
Palo Alto Energy Efficiency Program Links
- Smart Energy Rebate Program- we offer rebates for dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, smart power strips, furnaces, A/C, solar attic fans, boilers, insulation, LED light bulbs, pool pumps and water heaters.
- Residential Energy Assistance Program- this is our low income efficiency program where provide free energy upgrades to qualifying households.
- Interest Free Loan Program- contractors who are certified through EGIA can offer interest free loans on most gas efficiency measures.
- Green@Home- a free audit through Acterra
- Water Wise House Call- a free water audit
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For More Information Please Contact:
Natalie de Leon
County Executive’s Office
Sustainability and Energy Specialist
70 W. Hedding Street
East Wing 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
Phone: (408) 299-5101 (Office)