Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

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The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance.    

Energy Upgrade California This statewide rebate program is designed to help residents in single family homes and multifamily buildings save energy. Visit this site to learn about available incentives, financing, and energy-saving tips and to find a local energy efficiency contractor.

Rising Sun Energy Center administers the California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program which runs through the summer and provides FREE basic energy assessments and energy-saving devices installed by local youth.

Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency Programs Spectrum Energy Services offers bill payment assistance and free weatherization services (weather stripping, attic insulation, and caulking) and energy efficient refrigerators to income-qualified residents.

Berkeley’s minimum requirements for energy and water efficiency The Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) requires residential property owners to increase the energy and water efficiency in their buildings upon transfer of property ownership or when renovations are made.

Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) is the only authorized auditor for Berkeley’s Residential and Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) to verify compliance with the ordinance. Other CESC services include SmartLights, a subsidized commercial lighting retrofit program, and SmartSolar, a FREE solar and energy efficiency consultation service for both commercial and residential sectors.

Federal Tax Credit for Energy Star™ Materials 
If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.  Up to $1,500 is available in federal tax credits for qualified Energy Star materials and up to 30% of the cost of a solar energy system.

Saving Energy & Money in Multifamily Properties 
There is significant energy-saving potential in Berkeley's multifamily properties. Capturing that potential not only reduces energy use, but also lowers operating costs for property owners and increases comfort and energy affordability for tenants. Energy efficiency rebates and assistance are currently available for multifamily property owners.

Want to learn more about energy efficiency?

  • Energy Efficiency Home Upgrade & Home Performance Testing Learn how to improve your home's overall performance through building science. Find out easy, cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable, healthier, and more energy efficient.
  • Insulation Information on why to insulate, types of insulation and how to properly install insulation.
  • Natural Gas Savings Tips 10 easy tips to help you save money on your PG&E bill and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions while you are at it!

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