Renewable & Efficient Energy - Residents


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 is competing 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 here: to learn more about the competition, submit three energy saving actions that you would like to take for the chance to win monthly prizes or request a FREE Home Energy & Water Check-Up. For more information, please visit  
FREE Home Energy & Water Check-Ups
Sign up for a FREE home energy & water check-up to determine some initial opportunities to improve your efficiency. The 30-minute evaluation is performed by a trained City staff.

Energy Outreach & Roadshow
Come visit the City's Conservation Section booth or Energy Roadshow trailer to learn about how you can reduce your energy bills, while making your home more comfortable and healthy.
  • Farmers Markets at the Otay Ranch Town Center and Third Avenue Village (alternates weekly).   
  • To see if the Roadshow is scheduled to be in your neighborhood soon, visit the CLEAN homepage (under "Featured Events").

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
The City's Building Division has created a Solar PV Submittal Requirements Form (#4613) to outline the necessary permitting steps for installations. Residential permits are $250, while commercial permits start at $2,544.82.
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.

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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