Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sacramento Energy Upgrades - reduce your energy consumption and locate incentives, rebates, contractors!
Looking for ways to reduce your energy consumption, conserve water, or utilize renewable forms of energy?...and lower your utility bills?...and maybe even finance the improvements? Wouldn't it also be nice to be able to research different rebates and incentives for making such improvements to you home?
Well thanks to an alliance among California counties, cities, non-profit organizations, the state's investor-owned utilities (Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company), and publicly owned utilities -- now you can find programs, financing, rebates, and incentives available in your area (Sacramento and surrounding areas included)! The alliance is known as "Energy Upgrade California."
You can check out the website http://www.energyupgradeca.org and search by county and zip code to find different programs your home may be eligible for, and find contractors, financing, rebates and incentives for your energy upgrade projects. The goal of Energy Upgrade California is for this to be a comprehensive list, however it may not include all rebates and incentives in a given area. Energy upgrade rebates are administered by participating utilities.
Randomly selecting a few zip codes looking for available programs -- in my zip code 95818 (Land Park), there are 60 different programs available. In 95864 (Arden), there are 44 programs available. In 95628 (Fair Oaks), there are 52 programs available...you get the idea!
There are a variety of programs on the list -- installing sun-reflecting "cool roofs", replacing old appliances with new high efficiency appliances, adding wall and attic insulation, replacing incandescent lighting with fluorescent lighting, replacing pool filtration motors or pumps, replacing old central heating and air conditioning units, replacing old water heaters, installing Photovoltaic Systems (solar), installing residential small wind turbines, planting shade trees, installing low-flow water fixtures, and more!