Now is the perfect time to take advantage of several programs to cut your energy bills – Peninsula Clean Energy (the County’s new electricity provider), solar energy and electric vehicle discounts, rebates for home upgrades, and ways to finance home improvement projects.
Receive discounts for installing residential solar or for purchasing an electric vehicle, and get up to $6,500 in rebates for home energy upgrades while taking advantage of a state-backed financing program that lets you pay for energy and water efficiency improvements gradually, as part of your property tax bill.
$500 PG&E Electric Vehicle (EV) Plug-in rebate. As an electric vehicle (EV) owner, you’re contributing to a cleaner energy future by fueling your vehicle with electricity. PG&E customers with EVs are eligible to receive a $500 Clean Fuel Rebate for their use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel.
The Clean Fuel Rebate comes from a State of California program called the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is fighting climate change by encouraging the adoption of clean vehicle fuels such as electricity. PG&E earns credits in the program when customers use electricity at home to charge their electric vehicles. PG&E returns the value of these credits to its electric vehicle customers through the Clean Fuel Rebate.
Peninsula Clean Energy. San Mateo County’s official electricity provider is Peninsula Clean Energy. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will still distribute energy, fix problems and handle billing, but our county now offers cleaner electricity at lower rates. Some Burlingame electricity customers received their enrollment notices this past October, while the remaining ones will receive notices in the mail in April 2017. To sign up before April, go to Peninsula Clean Energy.
Home Upgrade. Interested in saving energy at home but don’t know where to start? The Home Upgrade program offered by Energy Upgrade California helps residents learn how to make energy-efficient home improvements. You’ll learn about rebates for insulating, heating and cooling systems, and more. For more information or to get in touch with a free Home Upgrade adviser, visit https://www.bayareaenergyupgrade.org/.
PACE. An innovative state financing program called PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) helps property owners pay for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades by spreading the cost of a project over many years as part of their property tax payment. PACE programs are competitive. You can learn more about PACE programs in Burlingame at www.burlingame.org/sustainability.