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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’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and no-cost energy consulting for multifamily properties that undertake energy and water upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 15% or more of a building’s energy and water usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade. See: 

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
  • 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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