Energy Upgrade California® FAQs
Q: I don’t have a lot of money, do I still qualify? I am low-income, how can I qualify?
Though these programs are not free, there are rebates, cash vouchers, and low monthly payment options available for those who qualify. We also work with several statewide PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) programs, which are not income-based. Every home is different, so we usually send an energy specialist (free of charge) to visit your property and talk to you about the project you’re looking to do. From there, we’ll help you find out what savings you’re eligible for so that your upgrade is as cost-effective as possible.
Q: What are the most common upgrades that qualify for EUC rebates?
Energy Upgrade CA set a standard for what is truly energy efficient in the state of California. By selecting an Energy Star™ rated HVAC or other appliance, you could potentially qualify for rebates from your utility provider (if they are participating in EUC). The most common upgrade we work with is a 13 SEER HVAC. Each utility company, however, applies the EUC standards a little differently. For example, SMUD has the widest variety of potentially qualifying upgrades, while PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) has the highest rebate potential. In addition, some programs require you do more than one energy-saving upgrade to qualify. If you’re interested in upgrading to energy efficient equipment, take a look at your utility provider’s website to find out if they’re participating in EUC, then give us a call at 916-737-1107 to schedule an assessment!
Q: Where does the money come from?
While the rebates offered come from your utility provider, Energy Upgrade California awards money to the utility providers based on the quality of their program. Energy Upgrade California is an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits. In summation, the state pays EUC to determine what’s energy efficient, EUC helps the utility company to apply their standards, the utility company works with an EUC participating contractor to get the work done, and then in 6-8 weeks, you get your rebate. Our California Energy Services team works hard to make sure the property owners we work with complete the process and get everything they can qualify for as quickly as possible.
Q: Do refrigerators / other appliances qualify for rebates?
If the appliance you purchased has the Energy Star™ sticker, and/or a sticker from your utility provider, you may be eligible for a rebate. If you have SMUD or PG&E, visit their websites to find out. If none of this applies to you, contact your local utility provider for further details.
Q: Are you PG&E / SMUD?
We are not affiliated with any utility providers. However, the rebates we offer are provided by the utility company through the statewide program Energy Upgrade CA. We provide free energy audits to property owners interested in qualifying for rebates.
Q: How long will the rebates be offered? Do the rebates from utility providers expire?
The rebates will be offered until the funding for Energy Upgrade CA has run out. While there is no hard deadline for the program to expire, we don’t know when the funding will deplete. However, there are lots of other alternatives and ways to save on energy efficient upgrades.