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The electricity and natural gas you use in your home causes greenhouse gases. Natural gas turns into a lot of carbon dioxide when it's burned for heat, while electricity is generated at a power plant, often by burning natural gas, coal, or other fossil fuels. Reduce your personal emissions by:

  • Reducing your energy use through Energy Efficiency, and then
  • Supplying the energy you need to use through "renewable" energy methods - like solar and wind power.

Energy Upgrade California

Contra Costa County homeowners can get up to $10,000 in incentives and 3% financing for 15 years for upgrades to improve their homes' energy efficiency. Visit the City's Energy Upgrade - Pittsburg page for more details or check out energyupgradeca.org for rebate information and to find certified contractors in your area.

Energy Efficiency

Reduce your home’s emissions by reducing your electricity and natural gas use, and lowering your PG&E bills. If you are like the average Pittsburg home, then reducing your energy use by 20% can save you about $300 each year and reduce almost a ton of greenhouse gases. Cut your energy use in half, and you’ll save almost $750 a year and lower your emissions to below 2 tons.

How can I cut my energy bill in half? energysaverdotgov

The Energy Savers website has many helpful tips for energy conservation, including: 

  • Low or No Cost efficiency upgrades
  • Conducting an Energy Audit yourself
  • What Long-Term Investments to make to your home

Action Energy Savings
Upgrade to Energy Efficient Appliances

5%

Weatherstripping

10%

Attic Insulation

5%

Furnace Upgrade

4%

Use Less Hot Water

9%

Reprogrammable Thermostat

9%

Turn off Lights and Unplug Appliances

4%

Install Efficient Lighting

6%

Your experience will vary, depending on the particular characteristic of your home. 

For more great tips and ideas check out the Department of Energy's Energy Savers Booklet 


 

Home Improvement Help

SFPower

Explore SF Community Power's pages to learn about the problems and solutions found in typical homes including:

  • HVAC
  • Transport
  • Plug Load
  • Water
  • Garbage
  • Appliances
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Lighting

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Energy Star Homes

Energy Star has some great tips

 


Rebates

The State, PG&E, and Flex Your Power have great resources that can help you make these upgrades and even help pay for them with rebates! Explore what’s available at:

Tax Credits for Home Improvements

Take advantage of these Federal Tax Credits for using Energy Star products during your home improvement projects.


Save energy, energy costs, AND get a tax credit. Get credit for things like:
  • Windows & Doors
  • HVAC
  • Water Heaters
  • Solar Panels (both hot water panels and PV electricity panels)
  • Small Wind Energy Systems



Energy Efficiency Assistance for Low-Income Residences

The State, County, and PG&E offer three audit programs, depending on your income level:

Household Size

Income Limits

Low Income Energy Efficiency

Family Electric Rate Assistance

Contra Costa County Program

1 to 2

$30,500

-

$29,172 - $38,148

3

$35,800

$35,801 – 44,800

$47,124

4

$43,200

$43,201 – 54,000

$56,101

5

$50,600

$50,601 – 63,200

$65,077

6

$58,000

$58,001 – 72,400

$74,053

Each additional

$7,400

$7,400 – 9,200

$1,683

Maximum income limits are how much you can make and still qualify for each program. These limits are effective through May 31, 2009.

If you have any questions, call the numbers above.


Renewable Energy

Ready to make a big commitment to the enviornment and your future?

You can also lower your greenhouse gas emissions and make yourself less dependent on fossil fuels by supplying your own CLEAN electricity. Installing solar panels on your home is getting a little cheaper each year, and it raises the value of your home if you plan to ever sell it.


 

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There are many incentives for you to install solar panels: 

Savings

  • California Solar Initiative (exit)
  • California Solar Initiative - Pilot Solar Water Heating Program (exit)
  • CEC - New Solar Homes Partnership (exit)
  • Emerging Renewables Program (exit)
  • Self-Generation Incentive Program (exit)
  • Click Here (exit) for a list of the incentives available to you from various agencies and levels of government. 


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