Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Saving Toolkit
Visit your local library today and – just like a book – check out a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkit! It includes free supplies that you keep and install, like LED light bulbs and weather-stripping, as well as measuring devices that you use and return with the kit. Anyone with a valid library card can borrow a toolkit at the San José Public Library, Sunnyvale Public Library, and Santa Clara County Library branches.
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
Not a do-it-yourselfer? Residents can also achieve energy savings through energy audits and technical assistance offered by these organizations. Contact the program of interest for information on any restrictions or other program details:
|Type||Lead Organization||Name||Description||Phone Number|
|General||Bay Area Renewable Energy Network (BayREN)||Energy Upgrade California||State-wide energy efficiency program which is available to all California homeowners. This new program provides a streamlined web portal for home energy upgrades, available rebates, qualified contractors. Incentives are available that support single family and multi-family building improvements.||866-878-6008|
|Income- Qualified||Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)||Energy Savings Assistance Program||No-cost solutions to help reduce energy use for income-qualified households. You get a home assessment after filling in the online application. You must live in a house, mobile home, or apartment that is at least five years old. Income must meet the California Alternative Rates for Energy Program guidelines.||800-989-9744|
|Income- Qualified||U.S. Department of Health & Human Services||Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)||Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. Sacred Heart Community Service operates this energy assistance program for Santa Clara County. Provides assistance with paying utility bills as well as weatherizing your home and making energy-related home repairs.||877-278-6455|
Visit these sites for quick and easy energy-savings-tips for your home:
- Residential Energy Saving Tips from PG&E
- Energy Saver Guide from US Department of Energy (also available in Spanish)
- Spring & Summer Energy-Saving Tips from the US Department of Energy
Financing Options, Rebates & Financial Assistance
Once you’ve completed your home energy audit, upgrade with rebates and financial assistance.
A number of financing options are available to upgrade your home. Upgrading your home with energy and water efficient improvements is a great way to help the environment, potentially save on utility bills, and meet local and state sustainability goals.
PG&E Residential Rebates - PG&E offers its customers rebates on appliances, general improvements, heating and cooling, pool pumps and motors, appliance recycling, and energy efficient lighting.
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.
This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.