Improving your home's efficiency & comfort is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Step 1 - Identify Upgrade Options
The first step to making your home more sustainable is to learn how your home uses resources, such as energy and water, and how you can improve the efficiency of your house. Below is a range of options to help you identify how your home is performing:
Be an Energy Detective
By using tools available for FREE, you can investigate your home's energy consumption
and find out what is costing you the most.
To learn more about how to view your detailed Smart Meter data, click here.
To borrow an energy monitoring tool (such as a Kill-a-Watt) for free from the Chula Vista Library, click here.
Get a FREE Energy & Water Check-Up
Free on-site energy and water evaluations are available for homes in Chula Vista. The 30-minute check-up is performed by trained City staff and will help you identify opportunities to improve efficiency and lower utility costs. During the check-up, staff will review your building’s envelope (such as windows and doors), lighting, water heating, air conditioning, appliances, plumbing fixtures, as well as outdoor landscaping! They’ll also help you better understand your utility bills.
Receive thermal infrared (IR) imaging of your home
May also receive FREE “smart” power strips & indoor water-savings kits!
Sign-up for a free check-up by calling (619) 409-3893 or via email.
Get a Detailed Energy Audit
This is the most comprehensive option and entails a trained professional testing and evaluating every component of your home that affects its energy use. The most common types of energy audits are:
Home Energy Rating System (HERS) – A whole home energy audit system created by the California Energy Commission to provide residents with a comprehensive home energy audit. After an audit, your home will receive a HERS score of 1-250 based on its energy efficiency and recommendations for improving its score. It is like a “MPG” for your home, but a lower score means a home is more energy efficient.
To view a list of certified HERS Raters, click here.
Energy Upgrade California (EUC) Audit – A whole home energy audit is a key part of the statewide Energy Upgrade California program, which provides rebates up to $4,000 for energy efficiency improvements. An EUC Contractor or Rater will evaluate your home's energy efficiency and provide recommendations to make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. This is an important step in accessing possible rebate funds. Please find more information about the Energy Upgrade CA rebates below.
To view a list of Energy Upgrade California Contractors & Raters, click here.
After learning about what improvements your home needs, the next step is evaluating what tools are available to help you implement your upgrade project. Below is a list of rebate and financing programs that can help you make your energy upgrade project a reality:
Rebates, Incentives, & Tax Credits
Energy Upgrade California - Home Upgrade - Provides up to $4,500 in rebates to make whole home energy efficiency improvements such as insulation, air sealing, windows, furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters and appliances. For higher rebate amounts, homes must receive an energy audit before and after the improvements.
To learn more about Energy Upgrade California rebates, click here.
SDG&E Rebates - Provides rebates for individual energy-saving home improvements such as water heaters, pool pumps, attic & wall insulation, furnace, room A/C, and clothes washer. Some restrictions and eligibility requirements may apply.
To apply for an individual SDG&E rebate, click here.
Federal Tax Credits - Provides tax credits for certain energy efficiency improvements within a given year.
To learn more about federal energy efficiency tax credits, please clickhere.
Community Revolving Loan Fund (Currently On-Hold)
Property-owners can now receive 0%-interest financing (plus a monthly $9.50 service fee) from the City of Chula Vista to complete energy efficiency retrofits or install solar energy systems to improve building energy performance and lower monthly energy bills.
Loans may be given to a variety of projects such as wall and attic insulation, water heater upgrades, efficient windows, solar hot water systems, and cool roofing.
In order to be eligible for a loan, the following conditions must be met:
The building being retrofitted must be located in Chula Vista.
Requested loan amount does not exceed 10% of the property value.
Lien to value ratio (including the requested loan amount) does not exceed 100%.
Retrofits and/or renewable energy installations must result in long-lasting energy savings and are subject to final inspection.
Funded projects must be completed by a contractor on the City’s Home Upgrade, Carbon Downgrade Eligible Contractors List.
For the program plan, including official rules & regulations, please click here.
**Contractor also participating in statewide Energy Upgrade California program
Don't see a particular contractor on our list?
Ask them to sign up to be on the City's list - it is easy and free! | Click Here
THE CITY OF CHULA VISTA DOES NOT ENDORSE ANY COMPANY'S
PRODUCTS OR SERVICES
Property-Owners: Follow these easy steps to get started…
1. Complete a brief SDG&E on-line energy survey (click here) to help you identify ways to make your home more energy efficient.
2. Contact a contractor from the program’s “Eligible Contractor List” to receive a price quote for an energy-saving project. Don’t see a particular contractor on the list? Ask them to sign-up to be on the City’s list … it is easy and free!
3. Review the program requirements to make sure that your energy-saving project & your property qualify for a low-interest loan.
4. Complete & submit a loan application (click here) along with the necessary documentation.
Other Financing Programs
To learn about private financing options devoted to energy efficiency and renewable energy, click here.
Other Energy Assistance Programs
GREEN PURCHASING APPLIANCES TIP
It’s easy to be green. Purchase high-efficiency, energy-star appliances. You’ll be investing in a green future! A helpful tip from Chula Vista CLEAN Businesses. Live green, shop green.
Special home upgrade programs available for income-qualified families:
Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP) - Designed to help low-income families reduce their monthly bills, while making their homes more comfortable. Participants may rent or own, and if eligible, SDG&E’s authorized contractors will come to their home and may provide FREE:
New, energy-efficient lighting
Repair or replacement of doors and windows
Microwaves, water heaters, refrigerators, and high-efficiency clothes washers
Insulation, weatherstripping, and caulking to lower heating and cooling costs
To learn about the ESAP eligibility requirements & apply online, click here.
MAAC Healthy Homes - Similar to ESAP, provides no-cost weatherization to help qualifying households lower their utility bills and make their homes more energy efficient.
To find out if you qualify, contact the MAAC Project at 619-409-7588 or by clicking here.
Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program - Offers incentives on Solar Photovoltaic systems to qualifying low-income homeowners. This means that if you qualify you may be eligible to receive a solar PV system at little or no cost!
To learn about the SASH program eligibility requirements & apply online, click here.
Now that you know what parts of your home need to be upgraded and what programs you can utilize, you can upgrade your house and start to benefit from improved comfort and lower energy bills!
There are other City programs to help improve your home's efficiency and sustainability:
Cool California Challenge New Challenge begins in 2014!
Help the City of Chula Vista win the Cool California Challenge, a statewide competition that recognizes jurisdictions for their “green” accomplishments. The City has made it to the finalist round and has a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize and be declared the “Coolest California City!
The City earns points in the Challenge when its residents and businesses reduce their energy use, ride bikes instead of driving, and adopt other sustainable behaviors. More than 300 community members have already helped Chula Vista earn points.
To sign-up & help earn the City points, click here.
A program that helps residents implement sustainable landscaping practices through FREE community workshops and technical assistance. Program participants can have their yard certified for FREE as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat" through the National Wildlife Federation.
To learn more about the NatureScape program, click here.