SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that over 10,000 customers have completed the Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade program across its service area and received over $27 million in incentives to help offset the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. The program has allowed customers to save a total of 13,019 metric tons of carbon, the equivalent of taking 2,741 cars of the road.
The Home Upgrade program encourages homeowners to take a comprehensive, whole-house approach to energy efficiency to maximize savings, rather than making upgrades one at a time. Participating customers reduced their home energy usage by an average of 18 percent with some customers saving as much as 63 percent. Their actions include a range of upgrades such as updating heating and air conditioning systems, insulating walls and attics, sealing air leaks and more.
“We want to help of all of our customers save money and save the environment,” said PG&E Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Vincent Davis.
Home Upgrade includes two options for participating customers:
- Option one: Customers choose three or more upgrades from a menu of the most common energy saving upgrades – such as duct sealing or attic insulation – and work with a local, participating contractor to install the upgrades. After the work is complete, customers receive rebates and incentives of up to $3000.
- Option two: Local, participating contractors trained in the whole-house approach create a customized upgrade package for the customer that maximizes energy savings. For this package, customers can choose from additional upgrades – from upgrading pool pumps or roofs to installing efficient lighting or tank-less water heaters. Customers receive rebates and incentives of up to $6500, or more, based on how much energy is saved with the upgrades.
PG&E works with Build It Green, a residential green building non-profit based in Oakland, Calif., to help customers across PG&E’s service area understand the benefits of the whole-house approach and find a contractor to perform the upgrades. PG&E also works closely with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of the nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area that oversees the program in the Bay Area.
Learn more about Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade at pge.com/homeupgrade. For more ways to save energy and money at home, visit PG&E’s Home Money Saver page.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page/.