Energy Upgrade California (California)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name Energy Upgrade California
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Multi-Family Residential, Residential
Eligible Technologies Building Insulation, Central Air conditioners, Custom/Others pending approval, Duct/Air sealing, Equipment Insulation, Furnaces, Windows
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Basic Upgrade Package: 1,000

Advance Upgrade Package: 1,500 - 4,000

Funding Source The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, ratepayer funds
Installation Requirements Work must be completed by a participating contractor

Program Administrator Local Utility Partners

References DSIRE[1]


The Energy Upgrade California program serves as a one-stop shop for California homeowners who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program connects homeowners with qualified contractors, and helps homeowners find all the available incentives from their local utilities and local governments. Interested California homeowners should go to the website listed above and select an eligible contractor to get started. There are two Energy Upgrade packages a homeowner can choose from: the Basic Upgrade Package and the Advanced Upgrade Package.

Basic Upgrade Package

The Basic Upgrade Package offers up to $1,000 for certain energy improvements. A participating contractor will implement these standard improvements as needed and apply for the $1,000 rebate on behalf of the homeowner:

  • Air sealing
  • Attic insulation
  • Duct sealing
  • Hot water pipe insulation
  • Thermostat shut-off valve
  • Carbon monoxide monitor

Advanced Upgrade Package

The Advanced Upgrade Package offers greater incentives for a wider variety of energy improvements. The program begins with a home energy assessment which will identify and prioritize potential energy savings for the home. The homeowner can then select a participating contractor to make the improvements. A rebate between $1,500 and $4,000 will be awarded to the homeowner based on the predicted energy savings, with a minimum required savings of 15%.

This Program is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) BetterBuildings Program. The DOE has awarded over $500 million in federal funds to more than 40 states, local governments, and organizations to administer local programs targeting a variety of building types. Combined, these local programs are expected to improve the efficiency of more than 170,000 buildings through 2013 and save up to $65 million in energy costs annually.

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"