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.
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.
- Schedule a check-up today by completing the application or
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 409-3893.
- No-cost energy & water saving devices may be provided!
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 or other community events (Please check the events calendar on the main CLEAN page or contact City's Conservation Section at (619) 409-3893 for participation dates).
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 our Residential Solar Energy page.
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.
As a ICLEI - Local Government for Sustainability member City residents are able to take advantage of the ICLEI Solar Marketplace and easily compare multiple solar quotes from local contractors.
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 (https://marketplace.sdge.com) 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
Did you know that SDG&E offers different rates that might help you lower your bills? Please review the rates below to see if one is a good fit for you.
- Time Of Use (https://www.sdge.com/time-use-pricing-plans) - To support the statewide commitment to reliable and sustainable energy, time of use pricing rates are being introduced to residential customers over the next few years. These rates are based on both how much and when you use energy, and offer you more choices on how to better manage and control your energy costs.
- Electric Vehicle (https://www.sdge.com/clean-energy/ev-rates) - If you own an EV you can benefit by signing up for an electric vehicle time-of-use rate and programming your car to charge during the cheapest times of night – like midnight to 6 a.m. Plug in your car at any time and the built-in technology will go to work for you, saving you money.
- EcoChoice (https://www.sdge.com/environment/connected-to-the-sun/ecochoice) - You can now get up to 100% of your energy from renewable sources. EcoChoice is a great option if you want more renewable energy, but don’t own your home, can’t afford the upfront costs of solar or don’t have the ability to put solar panels on your roof.
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 browse all finance products & vendors.
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.