Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade program has increased its energy-efficiency rebates so homeowners can now receive up to $6,500 for making energy saving improvements to their homes. The County of Santa Clara, as part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), is offering free orientation workshops in Los Gatos and San Jose in August, and in San Jose, Saratoga, Cupertino and Mountain View in September. Register at homeupgradeworkshop.eventbrite.com
The Home Upgrade program helps single-family homeowners identify ways to increase their home’s energy efficiency. Eligible improvements include air sealing; duct sealing; attic insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling systems, and water systems; wall insulation; and more. Homeowners may be eligible for rebates from $1,000 to $6,500, plus a $300 rebate toward the cost of a home energy assessment.
“The Home Upgrade program has increased rebates significantly from $4,500 to $6,500 for property owners who want to make their homes more energy efficient,” said Sharlene Carlson, manager of sustainability and energy programs for the County of Santa Clara. “There’s never been a better time for Santa Clara County homeowners to complete energy-efficient home improvements. Energy upgrades not only help homeowners save energy and money, but also enhance indoor air quality, comfort and safety.”
Homeowners are encouraged to attend one of six free workshops to learn more about the program and how to find a participating contractor. Space is limited, so reserve a seat at homeupgradeworkshop.eventbrite.com.
San Jose – Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Evergreen Community Center, 4860 San Felipe Road, San Jose, CA 95135
Saratoga – Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saratoga Community Center, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, CA 95070
Cupertino - Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Creekside Park Building, 10455 Miller Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014
San Jose - Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdale Ave., San Jose, CA 95124
Mountain View – Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View, CA 94040
Homeowners who cannot attend an orientation workshop, and want to begin a home upgrade immediately, can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor for free, direct one-on-one assistance, including identifying a contractor. Participating contractors are specially trained and certified in building performance as well as Home Upgrade program details. Call 866-878-6008 for a Home Upgrade Advisor.