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There are many easy things that you can do now to dramatically reduce your energy bills, and the Silicon Valley Energy Watch can provide these energy efficiency services to qualifying customers at low or no cost. 

Home Audits & Retrofit Services
If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy use and save money, you can request a home energy audit and efficiency upgrade. There a number of options available to you. 

Single and Multifamily
  • The energy efficiency program, called BayREN, is available to all Bay Area single family and multifamily residents. This program provides a variety of home energy upgrades, as well as rebates, qualified contractors, and more.
  • Understanding Your Energy Rates - PG&E has launched a new website to help customers better understand their rates. Here you can find information about what goes into your rate, the regulations effecting it, and key terms.
  • PG&E customers can also log into their MyEnergy account through the PG&E website. The “Usage Analysis” link lets you compare gas and electricity consumption at your home and similar homes in your area by month or by day.
  • Single family homeowners in Santa Clara County can take advantage of Energy Upgrade California rebates and programs. Visit Santa Clara County’s website for more information on offerings.  

Low Income
  • PG&E's Energy Savings Assistance Program provides qualifying low-income households with easy, free solutions to help reduce your energy use and save money on your monthly energy bills. Visit the link for details and qualifications.
  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. Services offered include free home weatherization and utility credits. Sacred Heart Community Service operates this energy assistance program in the Santa Clara County.

Rebates & Financial Assistance
Rebates
PG&E Residential Rebates - PG&E offers its customers rebates on appliances, general improvements, heating & cooling, pool pumps and motors, appliance recycling, and energy efficient lighting.

Financial Assistance
California and PG&E provide several financial assistance programs to assist with weatherization, energy efficient measures, medical baseline rates and rate reductions for both renters and homeowners. The specific programs are:

External Home Audit Services
There are many private and non profit audit and retrofit providers. To find qualified contractors near you:
  • CalCERTS - Find qualified Home Energy Rating System Providers.
  • Build It Green – Find green building information, tips, and certified GreenPoint Raters.

Learn More and Go Further
  • Borrow a D.I.Y. Home Efficiency Toolkit at any public library in Santa Clara County. These toolkits include water and energy efficient fixtures, as well as measuring tools which you can use to determine your home energy use.
  • PG&E’s Plug-iIn Electric Vehicle (PEV) program can provide you with information about PEVs, from FAQs, to rate options, charger installation, and charging.
  • Energy Star has created progressive performance standards and certifications for different products and building types.  Energy Star has also provided the free online benchmarking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager to help buildings better manage their energy use.
  • American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a non-profit organization, seeking to advance energy efficiency.  Its main program components include energy policy, research, and outreach. They host conferences and workshops, and have a large directory of publications focused on technical and policy analysis.

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.