Limited Time – Get a rebate of up to $800 for a home energy assessment
|Due to the overwhelming response, we are anticipating that funding for this program will not extend past January 31, 2012. Please be aware that local contractors may not have availability to schedule new assessments at this time.|
Find out more!
- What is an energy assessment and other FAQs
- Are there rebates available for completing the upgrades?
- I am not a PG&E customer. Am I eligible for SCCHIP and Energy Upgrade California?
- Ready to get started? Call a participating contractor from this list.
- Sign up for email updates and energy-saving opportunities.
Is your house dying for an energy check-up?
Are your monthly energy bills giving you a headache? Do certain rooms in your home give you a chill? When was the last time you scheduled a check-up for your water heater?
A home energy assessment is just what the doctor ordered.
For a limited time, Santa Clara County is offering healthy rebates that cover 80% of the cost of a home energy assessment performed by a participating contractor.
Find out how you can make your home more healthy and comfortable AND save money on your utility bills.
View a home Energy Assessment here
Santa Clara County Home Improvement Program (SCCHIP)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SCCHIP?
Santa Clara Home Improvement Program (SCCHIP) is a local incentive program designed to educate homeowners about home energy efficiency, drive demand for residential energy efficiency upgrades through low-cost energy assessments.
Funded by the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) through Energy Upgrade California, SCCHIP allows Santa Clara County homeowners to receive a professional and thorough energy assessment and still qualify to participate in Energy Upgrade California for energy efficiency improvements and to be eligible for additional state-wide rebates.
What is an energy assessment?
A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, determines how much energy your home consumes and suggests measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you significant amounts of energy – and money – over time.
During the assessment, your contractor can pinpoint where your house is losing energy. Energy assessments also determine the efficiency of your home's heating and cooling systems. Most homes loose up to 30% of its heating through faulty ducts. Poor insulation is another common cause of heat loss. An assessment may also show you ways to conserve hot water and electricity.
A participating contractor uses a variety of techniques and equipment to determine the energy efficiency of a structure. Thorough assessments by a participating contractor will use equipment such as blower doors, which measure the extent of leaks in the building envelope, and infrared cameras, which reveal hard-to-detect areas of air infiltration and missing insulation. After the tests, your contractor will discuss the results of the assessment with you as well as explain the upgrade available to make your home more energy efficient.
If you complete the improvements suggested by the assessment results and your participating contractor, you may be eligible for additional rebates up to $4,000. Learn how by visiting www.EnergyUpgradeCa.org.
Why is an energy assessment important?
Just like you go to your doctor for a physical, a home energy assessment is critical to the comfort and health of your home and serves as an “Exercise plan” toward making your home more energy efficient. A more energy efficient home not only saves you money, but it improves the comfort, health and air quality of your home. Rather than self-diagnosing your drafty home by replacing old windows at a high cost, why not first find out if your home isn’t wasting more energy through the air ducts or ceiling? Just like you wouldn’t exercise all day and eat a chocolate cake for dinner, why make home improvements that will literally leak your investment out the window? Or, if you have considered solar panels, your first step should be to make sure your home is thoroughly sealed to maximize the effectiveness of your solar panels and minimize the cost of your solar investment.
Do I qualify to receive an energy assessment rebate?
To qualify for the 80% home assessment rebate you must:
- Own a single family, detached home in Santa Clara County
- Use a SCCHIP participating contractor
Energy assessment rebates are paid up to $800 and must be paid directly to the participating contractor.
If you decide to proceed with the recommended upgrades and receive additional rebates up to $4,000, you are further eligible for the “test-out” assessment rebate administered by Santa Clara County.
How do I begin?
Setting up a home energy assessment is painless. Follow the simple steps below.
- Choose a participating contractor. See below for a list of participating contractors approved through the SCCHIP program.
- Complete your energy assessment.
- Enjoy your 80% savings!
You and your contractor will discuss the results of your energy assessment and decide if you would like to complete the energy efficiency improvements suggested and collect more rebates!
Are there rebates available for completing the upgrades?
YES! Your energy assessment report will recommend measures to upgrade your home and save energy. Based on how much energy you save, you may be entitled to state-wide rebates from your utility for up to $4,000. Depending on your home’s needs, Energy Upgrade California offers a Basic Package option with standard upgrades and a $1,000 rebate; or an Advanced Package option for a customized upgrade and potential energy savings and rebate of up to $4,000 and 40%.
Advanced Package rebates are determined by the amount of energy you will save after the upgrades. The minimum rebate for an Advanced Package is $1,500 for 15% savings up to $4,000 for 40% savings. If you chose to upgrade using the Basic Package, an energy assessment is not required and you may be entitled to a $1,000 rebate for achieving 10% energy savings.
These rebates are funded by PG&E through the Public Goods Charge and are available to PG&E customers. City of Santa Clara homeowners will receive a portion of the rebated based upon the reduction of gas usage.
|Basic Upgrade Package
||Advanced Upgrade Package|
||Basic Package Measures + Custom Measures
- Air sealing
- Attic insulation
- Duct sealing
- Hot water pipe insulation
- Low-flow showerhead with thermostatic control
- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Combustion safety testing
|Up to $1,000
Choose from elements such as :
- High-efficiency furnaces
- Energy-efficient cooling systems
- Energy-efficient water heaters
- Wall insulation
- Energy-efficient pool pumps
- Dual pane energy-efficient windows
- Cool roofs
|$1,500 to $4,000|
|Approximately 10% energy savings
||Required 15% - 40% energy savings|
For more information on these rebates, visit www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org.
I am not a PG&E customer. Am I eligible for SCCHIP and Energy Upgrade California?
All single-family homeowners are eligible to receive 80% off, up to $800 of the cost of a home energy assessment through SCCHIP. This includes residents of the City of Palo Alto who are not PG&E customers and residents of the City of Santa Clara who use PG&E for gas only.
City of Santa Clara residents are eligible to receive 80% off, up to $800 of the cost of a home energy assessment through SCCHIP. Santa Clara residents are also eligible for a portion of the Energy Upgrade California rebates offered by PG&E. The amount of rebates is dependant on the reduction of gas usage and determined by PG&E. Contact a participating contractor for more information.
City of Palo Alto residents are eligible to receive 80% off, up to $800 of the cost of a home energy assessment through SCCHIP. Palo Alto residents are not eligible for additional rebates through Energy Upgrade California for the upgrade work. These rebates are funded by the PG&E Public Good fee and are available to PG&E customers only. See below for links to energy efficiency programs for Palto 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
To find our more about the program, attend a workshop or visit our resource table at a community event, check our community outreach calendar.
Click here for an Energy Upgrade California Community Calendar.
|Santa Clara County Based Contractors
||Neighboring County Contractors|
|Green Foot Energy
San Jose, CA
|ABC Heating & Cooling|
|Residential Energy Pros
|Advanced Home Energy, Inc.|
|Cobalt Facilities, Inc.
|Sandium Heating & Air
Santa Cruz, CA
San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, CA
|Elements by Olivewood Builders
Los Altos, Ca
|SDI Insulation Inc.|
Participating contractors as of November 15, 2011. Additional contractors will be added to this list as necessary.
How do I qualify to become involved in the Santa Clara County Home Improvement Program (a.k.a. the Assessment Rebate Program)?
The Santa Clara County Home Improvement Program (SCCHIP) is a rebate program designed to provide an effective vehicle for participating contractors working in Santa Clara County to more easily educate homeowners about the value of a home energy assessment and recommended energy efficiency improvements by offsetting most of the upfront cost of the assessment. To participate in the program, a contractor must first meet the criteria for participation in Energy Upgrade California.
Follow the easy steps below to become a SCCHIP Participating Contractor:
- Become an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor.
- Sign a Contractor Participation Agreement with the SCCHIP administering agency, ICF International
- Sign a service agreement with the County of Santa Clara for rebate payment (all rebate payments go directly to the participating contractor via direct deposit)
- Attend an SCCHIP workshop to sign up and receive training about participating in the program. SCCHIP workshops will be held periodically at the County of Santa Clara offices in San Jose.
***Please note that a participating contractor must sign a service agreement with the County of Santa Clara and a Contractor Participation Agreement for the SCCHIP Program before performing assessments that qualify for the rebates. Assessments performed before these agreements are signed will not qualify for the rebates. No exceptions.
For more information about participating in this program, contact Juan Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org.