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Santa Clara County Home Efficiency Incentives

May 31, 2016

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With summer right around the corner, now is a great time to consider the energy efficiency of your home. If you are planning to sell your home, making simple updates can also add value to your property and attract more potential buyers. Whether you have already made some upgrades or are just getting started, you can get an additional benefit for installing eco-friendly appliances and devices in your home. Rebates and incentives come from a variety of sources, such as local governments and utility services. This blog is the first in a series of posts to focus on Bay Area incentive programs for home efficiency upgrades. Listed below are some of the rebates and programs available in Santa Clara County.

If you live in the City of Santa Clara and are a customer with Silicon Valley Power, you can get rebates on a number of household features. Replacing ceiling fans, clothes dryers, and heat pump water heaters with Energy Star rated products can put money back in your wallet. If you are ready to go solar, there are incentive programs available to make this big investment more affordable. Have a pool with an older pump? Replace it now and you can get $100 back for making the update. Residents of HOAs in Santa Clara can also get a rebate on LED light bulb installations.

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serve water. Making upgrades to your kitchen and bath faucets, showers and toilets is made easy with free products that are available from the City of Santa Clara. You can get free faucet aerators, hose nozzles, showerheads and toilet flappers. These are quick updates that will help make older homes and appliances more efficient in their water use, saving you money on your utility bill.

For more water conservation benefits, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has its own rebate program for customers. Home rebates include high-efficiency clothes washers and toilet upgrades. San Jose Water Company customers can also cash in on the high-efficiency washer rebate. Through San Jose Water, there are also some incentive programs for multi-family units; if you own a townhome or multiplex, you could save money for upgrades as well. Residential PG&E customers have not been forgotten. Santa Clara County homes powered by PG&E may also be able to get a $150 rebate for updating to an energy-efficient clothes washer.

If you live in Santa Clara Valley, I hope you can take advantage of these rebates as you make your home more energy efficient. Be sure to check back soon for a new post focusing on other Bay Area programs. When you are ready to buy or sell a home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at realestate@cecily.com.

Photo 1 Attribution: Elf via WikiCommons, CC BY-SA 3.0

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