$8,000 in rebates available to Menlo Park homeowners for energy efficient upgrades

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on August 19, 2011

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The San Mateo County Energy Upgrade program just announced that it will offer homeowners a direct match to PG&E’s Energy Upgrade California rebates for a limited time. This means that residents within San Mateo County are now eligible for up to $8,000 in combined rebates.

“With the matching rebate, Menlo Park residents can get significant energy upgrades at a small cost and experience monthly energy savings,” said Rebecca Fotu, Environmental Programs Manager for the City. “It’s a win-win situation because it saves the homeowner money and reduces community greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.”

The City of Menlo Park is offering a rebate to its residents that cover half of the cost of the initial home energy assessment. A full rebate of the assessment cost will be provided if a homeowner participates in the Energy Upgrade program.

Energy Upgrade California helps homeowners make energy-efficient home improvements through two rebate packages; the Basic Upgrade and the Advanced Upgrade package with the matching rebate. The Basic Upgrade package offers a rebate of up to $2,000 for improvements that include air sealing, attic insulation, and hot water pipe insulation. The Advanced Upgrade package offers a rebate of up to $8,000 for improvements that include installing energy- efficient windows, changing wall insulation, and duct replacement and/or upgrading your furnace.

Participation is simple. Go online to select a participating contractor. Schedule an energy assessment with the contractor that will evaluate your home’s energy performance and identify eligible upgrades. Then, determine which upgrades you would like to make. The contractor performs the work, takes care of the rebate paperwork and you get a check in the mail. If you’re a Menlo Park resident, call 330-6740 or email recycle@menlopark.org to apply for the energy assessment rebate.

Photo courtesy of Energy Upgrade California

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