OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Local homeowners can now qualify for additional rebates of up to $2,000 through February 2012 for energy-saving home improvements. These additional rebates are being offered for a limited time exclusively to homeowners in the Bay Area, and are on top of the existing rebates — up to $4,000 — available through the statewide program Energy Upgrade California.
In addition to the money available for home upgrades, $300 rebates are being offered to help pay for a home energy assessment — the first step toward Energy Upgrade California’s most popular option, the Advanced Package. The Advanced Package, which is tailored to the needs of each individual home, has been selected by 99 percent of Energy Upgrade California participants in Alameda County so far.
Since the program’s launch in March, Alameda County has completed nearly a third of the total number of energy upgrades in the Bay Area, more than any other county in the region.
“We’re excited to see the growing interest in home energy upgrades,” said Wendy Sommer, Principal Program Manager at StopWaste.Org, the local government agency that is leading Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County. “Participating contractors are reporting an uptick in business, which is exactly what we’d hoped would happen. Our goal has always been a win-win-win that saves homeowners money, creates local jobs and protects our environment.”
An energy upgrade can increase a home’s efficiency by 10 to 40 percent through fixed improvements like insulation, duct sealing and energy-efficient windows. To achieve the greatest energy savings and help homeowners qualify for the largest incentive available, Energy Upgrade California emphasizes a “whole house” approach, rather than piecemeal improvements, as the most efficient and effective way to save money while saving energy.
To find the best energy upgrade package to suit their budget and needs, Alameda County homeowners can choose from the following options:
- Basic Upgrade Package — Qualifies for a $2,000 rebate and achieves an average 10 percent reduction in energy use through a short list of simple, low-cost home improvements that can be completed by a participating contractor in just a few days.
- Advanced Upgrade Package — Qualifies for up to $6,000 in rebates and can reduce a home’s energy use by as much as 40 percent. A home energy assessment is the first step to identify the right upgrades for an individual home; $300 is available to all Bay Area homeowners to help cover the cost of the assessment.
To date, most Bay Area homeowners participating in the program have selected the Advanced Package and achieved an average energy savings of 31 percent, an indication that homeowners are interested in the comprehensive energy upgrades promoted by the program.
Select cities within Alameda County are also offering local rebates and incentives, increasing the potential savings even further. Additional discounts and rebates are currently available to residents of Hayward, San Leandro, Piedmont, Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.
As an added bonus for local homeowners, Energy Upgrade California in Alameda County has just launched a new fundraiser for schools called Energize for the Prize: When Alameda County homeowners sign up for a home energy upgrade, the local school of their choice will receive $100. The school that signs up the most households between now and April will earn an additional $5,000.
For more information, homeowners can visit EnergyUpgradeCA.org or call 1-855-464-8484.
About Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide program that offers rebates and incentives to help homeowners save money on energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. Funding for Energy Upgrade California comes from multiple sources, including federal stimulus funds (American Reinvestment and Recovery Act), the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Program, and the California Energy Commission. In the Bay Area, Energy Upgrade California is led by an alliance of the Association of Bay Area Governments, county and city agencies and PG&E.
StopWaste.Org is the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board operating as one public agency. StopWaste.Org’s mission is to achieve the most environmentally sound solid waste management and resource conservation program for the people of Alameda County. The agency offers many programs in the areas of public education, green building, recycled product procurement, waste reduction, and market development.
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