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

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.

Multifamily Building Energy Upgrade Rebates:

Energy Upgrade California in the Bay Area offers free energy planning assistance and cash rebates for multifamily properties that undertake energy and green upgrades. The program  assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 8% or more of  a building's energy usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade. The program is open to multifamily buildings with five or more attached dwelling units. Submit the  on-line interest form to enroll, send an email to or call 510-891-6558 to get started.

Summary of Program Offerings




Free Energy Consultant

Customized project consultation

Value of up to $5,000 paid for by the program

Cash Rebate

Flat per-unit rebate paid to property owner for achieving 8% or greater whole building savings through multiple energy saving improvements

$750 per unit




For more information, visit Multifamily.EnergyUpgradeCA.Org or register to attend an in-person workshop at www.MultifamilyGreen.Org/Workshops.

Other Resources for Multifamily Property Owners:

  • Smart Lights Program: The program offers multifamily property owners (5+ units) free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of common area lighting upgrades. Rebates typically range from 50%-70% of projects cost. Visit
  • California Youth Energy Services Program: A program of the Rising Sun Energy Center, CYES trains local youth (ages 15-22) to provide free, basic energy and water upgrades in single and multifamily residential units. The program operates during the summer months. It is a free, no-hassle way to increase energy and water efficiency in individual rental units. Visit  
  • EBMUD Submeter Retrofit Incentive Program: East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is currently offering apartment owners rebates of up to $250 per dwelling unit ($150 per dwelling unit for condominium/townhouse homeowner associations) for installing water submeters, provided that any required water-efficient toilets, showerheads, and faucet aerators have also been installed. To participate in this program, contact EBMUD at 866-403-2683 or 510-287-0591. For more information, including the program application, see:
  • Alameda County Mandatory Recycling Ordinance: Effective on July 1, 2012, building owners/managers of multifamily buildings of 5 units or more will be required to provide paper, cardboard, beverage, and food container recycling service for their buildings. The City of Berkeley Department of Public Works will be facilitating this new requirement through delivery of recycling bins and recycling information for Berkeley owners and tenants. More information is available at


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