Renewable & Efficient Energy - Residents

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Help for Residents


The Home Upgrade, Carbon Downgrade Program helps Chula Vista residents improve their homes' comfort, health, and efficiency.  The program's 3 main goals are to lower long-term residential utility costs, reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, and create local economic benefits.

View the Chula Vista "Ways to Save" Energy-Efficiency Brochure

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Chula Vista recently competed in a national competition of small and medium-sized cities to see who can become the most energy efficient. The winner will be awarded up to $5 million dollars! Visit the GUEP webpage  
FREE Home Energy & Water Check-Ups
Sign up for a FREE home energy & water check-up to determine some initial opportunities to improve your energy and water efficiency. The 30-minute evaluation is performed by trained City staff.

Energy Outreach
Come visit the City's Conservation Section booth to learn about how you can reduce your energy bills while making your home more comfortable and healthy at Farmers Market at the Otay Ranch Town Center (Please contact City's Conservation Section at (619) 409-3893 for participation dates).


For a limited time, the City is also helping to distribute SDG&E Indoor Energy-Water Savings Kits that include a low-flow shower head and faucet aerators at no cost! 

Solar Powering Chula Vista
Adding solar panels to your building can help you reduce utility bills and improve local air quality.  To help your process the City's Building Division has created a Solar PV Submittal Requirements Form (#4613) to outline the necessary permitting steps for installations. For more info, visit the City's Sustainability Center.

Low-income families may be eligible for Solar PV systems at little or no cost through a special California incentive.  For more info, visit the non-profit GRID Alternatives.


Click here to learn the basics about solar power from the State of California’s web page 


Home Upgrade Rebates & Financing
There are a variety of incentives & financing programs to help residents implement energy and water-saving improvements at little or no upfront cost.


Visit the SDG&E Market Place ( to:

  • Learn about the energy efficiency of a particular product
  • Compare pricing across multiple local retailers
  • Check for rebates prior to purchase
  • Purchase products directly from participating retailers


Go Green Financing was created by the state to help you find the best financing options available for your energy efficiency project. This website allows residents and businesses to browse a continuously updated database of financing solutions and filter the options to a manageable number, making it easy to get in touch with a lender that fits their unique needs and preferences.

Click here to learn more about Go Green Financing.


Property-owners can finance energy and water improvements for up to 25 years and repay through their property taxes, by participating in one of the available PACE programs:


South Bay Energy Action Collaborative (SoBEAC)
The Cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, and National City are working with the San Diego Association of Governments and SDG&E to help South Bay residents and businesses save energy, reduce utility bills, and become more green.



Need help? Contact the City's Conservation Section at (619) 409-3893

The Conservation Section works closely with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and other regional partners to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in Chula Vista and other South Bay communities.    

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