We use energy every day in our homes and businesses to power our lights, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other electronic devices. Energy efficient practices allow us to enjoy the comfort and performance of these modern conveniences while keeping our energy use, and our utility bills, low. Upgrades can make a huge difference in your energy bills. For example, replacing outdated and inefficient bulbs with highly efficient LEDs is just one simple change that can save you money each month. Home weatherization improvements, like changing out single-paned windows with double or triple paned, offer better insulation and can also reduce the costs of heating or cooling your home.
Making your home or business more energy efficient is a straightforward process with a variety of rebate and incentive programs at your disposal. Click the following links to learn more about existing programs that can help increase your energy efficiency:
PG&E Home Money Saver Residential Program
Access the latest rebate information, catalog, and buyers guide for your next energy efficient upgrade with this interactive home money saver tool.
Energy House Calls (presented by PG&E) Residential Program
Use PG&E’s Home Energy Checkup to find out where the energy in your home is being used, and find out more information about projects, rebates and programs that can help make your home more energy efficient and lower your monthly energy costs.
PG&E Assistance Programs Residential Program, Seniors, Low-Income
PG&E offers several assistance programs that lower your monthly bill, help you save energy with no-cost home improvements, or provide one-time payment assistance. Seniors, income-qualified utility customers, and those facing unforeseen hardship may benefit from available programs. Click the link above to learn more.
Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) Business Program
SNEW, administered by Sierra Business Council, delivers cost effective energy efficiency projects to businesses, non-profits, and governments in 11 counties across the Sierra Nevada region including Mariposa County. Over 1700 PG&E customers have taken advantage of this program since 2010. The SNEW team provides free audits, facilitates the rebate and incentive process with PG&E and provides guidance in selecting contractors at no charge. Additionally the SNEW team can facilitate PG&E’s 0% on-bill financing program for qualifying energy-efficiency projects. To schedule an audit or discuss your options, call Sierra Business Council at 530-582-4800.
PG&E Rebates and Incentives for Businesses Business Program
PG&E offers non-residential customers rebates and incentives for a variety of energy efficient products for companies, including lighting, HVAC, boilers and water heating, refrigeration, business computing, and more. A full list of current rebates can be found using the PG&E money back tool.
PG&E On-Bill Financing Business Program
Upgrading to energy efficient programs can seem daunting when you have to pay upfront and wait for a return on your investment. However, on-bill financing allows you to spread payments over time through no interest loans. PG&E offers 0% interest loans of up to $100,000. Loans can be used to replace old and inefficient equipment with no up-front out-of-pocket investment. The program allows 5 years for repayment; however, the energy savings continue to accrue after the loan is paid off.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Business Program, Residential Program
PACE is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy fixtures on existing structures. In areas under PACE legislation, municipal governments offer a specific bond to investors and then loan the money to consumers and businesses looking to fund a retrofit. Loans are typically paid out over an assigned term of 15-20 years via an annual assessment on the property tax bill.