Energy used in buildings accounts for roughly 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County. Addressing these emissions will require addressing both energy supply and energy efficiency.
Many buildings consume more energy than is needed because they have aging, faulty, or inefficient equipment, or have poor insulation, leaks, or single-pane windows. Factors like these cause significant energy waste, high utility costs, poor indoor air quality, and occupant discomfort.
Retrofitting existing buildings in Sonoma County to be more energy efficient is an essential strategy for reducing emissions. Additionally retrofits save money, increase comfort and air quality, and improve property value.
In recognition of these many benefits of energy efficiency, the RCPA is working to support, replicate, and expand energy efficiency programs available in Sonoma County. More information on resources currently available through RCPA and partner organizations can be found below:
If you have questions about how to access resources related to energy efficiency that are right for your property or project, please contact the RCPA Program Manager at 707-565-5373, or Sonoma County Energy Independence Program staff at 707-565-6470 or email@example.com.
Contact one of several free resources to learn more about how energy efficiency programs can help you invest in your home or business:
Energy Independence Program Staff - Sonoma County offers advice to homeowners and business owners on how to harness the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Call 707-565-6470 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the front desk at the County Admin center, 2300 County Center Dr., Suite A105, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.
Home Upgrade Advisors - a service provided by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN). Home Upgrade Advisors are available by phone or email to answer questions you have about your home, energy efficiency opportunities and programs, and working with a home performance contractor. Call 866-878-6008 or visit: www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org/
Healdsburg Energy Audits - Healdsburg Electric customers may qualify for a free energy walk through that will identify operational and building improvements that can be made to save energy and money. Call 707-431-3122 for more information or to schedule a visit.
Bay Area Multi-family Building Enhancements Property Evaluations - Owners of properties with five or more units may be eligible for a free energy evaluation from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network. The customized project consultation can be requested by calling 510-891-6558 or visiting: https://multifamily.energyupgradeca.org/local#bayarea
There are a number of rebates and incentives available to help cover the cost of energy efficiency improvements including:
Home Upgrade - Receive $1,000-$2,500 for installing a package of energy efficiency improvements that save money and energy selected from a list of pre-qualified measures.
Advanced Home Upgrade - Receive $1,000-$4,500 for installing a package of energy efficiency improvements that are identified through a detailed energy assessment and customized for your home to save up to 45% of existing energy use.
More information about both Home Upgrade rebate options can be found at www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org. Speak to a Home Upgrade Advisor or participating contractor to find out which incentive may work best for you.
Multi-family Building Enhancements - Receive $750 per unit for eligible projects that save 10% or more of building energy use in buildings with five or more attached units. Projects must be identified via a free energy consultation, but can be installed by any licensed contractor.
More information about the Multi-family Building Enhancements incentive can be found at www.multifamily.energyupgradeca.org/local#bayarea.
PG&E offers incentives to replace low-efficiency equipment and systems such as interior and exterior lighting, chillers, variable-speed drives, reflective window film, boilers, and more. More information can be found at http://www.pge.com/en/mybusiness/save/rebates/ief/index.page.
Customers of the County's only municipal electric utility are eligible to participate in a number of energy efficiency incentive programs to replace lighting, appliances, natural gas furnaces, water heaters, heat pumps, central air conditioners, insulation, weather stripping, and pool pumps. Healdsburg also offers rebates on solar panel installations. Contact the City of Healdsburg Electric Program Team at 707-431-3122 and www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/ to learn more.
Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) - Sonoma County offers this Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to help property owners install energy efficiency and renewable energy measures at their home or business and pay for these improvements through an assessment on the property that is repaid through your property tax bill. For more information on financing tools available through SCEIP contact 707-565-6470 or email@example.com.
Windsor Pay As You Save (PAYS®) - Water utility customers in the Town of Windsor are eligible to have water and energy efficiency measures installed in their home or apartment at no upfront cost and pay for the savings through a surcharge on their water bill. For more information on the program call 707-565-6472, or visit http://www.ci.windsor.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=819.
In order to help ensure the quality of retrofit work being completed in Sonoma County there are a number of programs that train and monitor contractors that deliver energy efficiency projects. You can find contractors that have qualified to participate in the following programs:
There are a number of great resources available to help understand energy efficiency opportunities at your home or business including:
*Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. ©2013 Energy Upgrade California. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.