Increasing the energy efficiency of your home or business is a great way to help save money on utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the space. Several programs are available to provide assistance to the Albany community.
PG&E offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates available.
- PG&E Rebates for Businesses
- PG&E Rebates for Single-family homeowners
- PG&E Rebates for Multi-family residents and property owners
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing
What is PACE?
PACE is a voluntary financing program that allows residential and commercial property owners to borrow money to pay for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, water conservation and seismic retrofit projects. Loans are repaid via an annual assessment on the property tax bill. This allows property owners to begin saving on energy costs while they are paying for the upgrades, and in some cases property owners see net gains even with an increased property tax bill.
- No upfront costs
- Long-term, fixed-cost 100% financing
- Loans secured by the property rather than the owner's credit standing
- Assessment may be passed on to the next property owner in the event of sale
- May be able to take tax deductions on interest
- Can be combined with rebates
- Environmental, community, and resiliency benefits to energy, water, and seismic upgrades
Currently, the City of Albany has authorized three PACE providers. You can contact them and see a list of available contractors on their websites:
Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC)
CESC provides a variety of residential energy efficiency programs to Albany residents and businesses. Check out their website for more information.
Their Residential Energy Efficiency Services are free to low income homeowners and renters and include: replacing old appliances, attic insulation, weatherstripping and caulking, and repairs to hot water furnaces, doors, windows, walls, and floors.
The SmartSolar Program offers free independent, site-specific solar and energy efficient project advising, education materials and assists with projects from proposal to installation for residents and businesses in Albany. For more information, call SmartSolar at 510-981-7750.
SmartLights is specially designed to help small businesses become more energy-efficient. The program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. SmartLights can help with comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, and seals replacement, replacing domestic hot water heaters, and referrals to appropriate HVAC programs.
East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW)
East Bay Energy Watch is a collaboration between PG&E and local governments, non-profit and for-profit energy service providers in the East Bay. The program aims to increase awareness of energy efficiency and its many benefits while delivering high quality retrofit services and technical assistance to the community.
Understanding your home energy use is the best way to increase home comfort and lower your utility bills. The East Bay Energy Watch provides no-cost home energy assessments for Albany residents. Through their innovative green workforce development program, young Energy Watch professionals conduct Green House Calls that can lower your energy bills, increase home comfort and provide you with answers to your energy-use questions.
A Green House Call takes about an hour and has proven to lower energy and water expenses for Bay Area residents. The Energy Watch Professional will leave you with personalized tips to save energy, and will follow up by sending you a customized recommendation report for your home. This report includes no-cost recommendations as well as other efficiency investments you may want to consider. Interested in receiving a Green House Call? Please contact Rising Sun Energy Center at 510-665-1501. Find out more on their website at http://www.eastbayenergywatch.com.
Energy Upgrade California
Energy Upgrade California is a one-stop program for homeowners to improve comfort, increase energy efficiency, save money. Watch the video clips to learn more. The program offers rebates for residential upgrades including attic, wall, and floor insulation; duct and air sealing; high-efficiency furnaces and water heaters; insulated windows and more.