PG&E is offering attractive rebates up to $4500 to homeowners who use a participating contractor to install energy efficiency upgrades in their home.
Energy Upgrade California Program
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is promoting energy-efficiency upgrades in existing homes throughout Northern California. Homeowners can currently receive up to $4500 in rebates based on how efficient they make their home. For example, a 15% improvement equals a $1,500 Energy Upgrade California rebate, and the more efficient the home becomes, the higher the resulting rebate (with the cap on improvement at 40%, which yields a rebate of $4500.)
Here is the process we go through to help you improve the Comfort, Health, Safety and Energy Efficiency of your home while maximizing the rebate amount you could receive:
You start out by purchasing our Home Performance Energy Assessment (HPEA).
After analyzing your utility bills in conjunction with data provided in the Occupant Interview, we come to your home, measure air leakage, duct performance, and heating and cooling equipment efficiency, bath fan ventilation efficiency, humidity and temperature levels. We also perform attic and crawl space, window and roofing, grading and drainage evaluations. We gather performance measurements (according to BPI standards) using a blower door, a duct blaster, a combustion analyzer, temperature and humidity gauges, carbon monoxide detectors and an infrared camera.
After about a week, we meet with you and review our findings in our HPEA report which includes custom pictures of your home, measurements obtained, and recommended improvement measures. The consultation takes about 1 to 2 hour and we answer any questions you have about the HPEA report. We give you recommendations on ways to make your home more Comfortable, Healthy, Safe and Energy Efficient, and we give you pricing for proposed measures.
If you elect to move forward with a Home Performance Energy Upgrade, we will model your home’s energy potential (using computer software) and we will submit a rebate request form to PG&E. Once the job is approved by PG&E, we install the energy upgrades and “test-out” to ensure that the energy measures were installed correctly. The “test-out” data is submitted to PG&E and the actual rebate is processed. The homeowner receives the check directly from PG&E.
Note on Prices and Rebate Programs
Prices for a complete Home Performance Energy Assessment varies bases on the size and complexity of your home. Please contact us for a quote for your HPEA! Rebate programs are always being updated, so the amount of rebate awarded can vary. Please consult with CALCBS or the rebate program administrator. Current EUC rebates are based on the percentage of modeled energy savings.
Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP)
SCEIP is local finance and rebate program. CALCBS works closesly with them from application submission through dispursement of funds and applicable rebates.
We were convinced to use CAL Custom Building Services as our Energy Upgrade Contractor because Craig had data to support his Energy Upgrade recommendations. His proposal was a detailed "cafeteria list" with costs of each individual item clearly specified. Throughout the process, Craig communicated regularly and navigated the various regulations and rebate apllications for us, a much-appreciated bonus. We were impressed with the care of the crew; the house was cleaner after the job than before! — Jerry and Micky Sarquis
CALCBS is a comprehensive building services company specializing in home performance, energy efficiency, green building, remodeling, additions, new construction, custom homes, and development-related fields.