California Energy Department, 9 Counties in Bay Area, and PG&E set up a rebate program to incentivize homeowners to conduct improvements on their home’s energy efficiency. There are two types of rebates available and ELEMENTS can guide you through the process of obtaining them.
Home Upgrade (HU)
The HU incentive includes up to $3,000, plus $150 combustion safety test rebate. Single family, detached homes built 2001 or earlier are eligible to receive Home Upgrade rebates.
Generally, the smart choice for simple projects, the HU incentive combines multiple improvements to increase your home’s overall energy efficiency, saving you energy and money. You must work with a participating contractor and combine at least 3 total upgrade measures to be eligible.
Eligible home improvements include: air sealing, duct sealing, high-efficiency appliances (furnaces, air conditioners, hot water heaters), energy-efficient windows, and insulation (attic, wall, floor and/or ducts).
Advanced Home Upgrade (AHU)
The AHU incentive includes up to $5,500, plus $300 Assessment Incentive. Single family, detached homes, as well as homes of 2-4 units, are eligible to receive Advanced Home Upgrade rebates.
The better choice for more complex projects, the AHU incentive starts with an energy assessment of your home and it uses special diagnostic equipment to determine exactly where your home is wasting energy. Then, through energy modeling software, your contractor will assess the potential energy savings associated with recommended improvements. You must reach a minimum 10% energy savings according to the modeled prediction to participate.