Additional Energy Efficiency Programs for Businesses and Multifamily Properties:
Berkeley's Building Energy Efficiency Solutions (BEES) Project:
BEES is a joint project between the Cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville aimed at developing innovative strategies to increase energy efficiency, improve occupant comfort and safety, and lower utility bills in our communities' apartment buildings, cooperatives and condos. BEES is about developing local solutions to the barriers tenants and building owners face when trying to lower their energy consumption. Multifamily BEES is a 2-year project that began in January 2011.
Energy Upgrade California for Multifamily Rebates for 2-4 unit buildings. PG&E recently extended their rebates (of $1,500-$4,000 per dwelling unit) to residential buildings with 2-4 units. To qualify, buildings must be residential (no mixed-use) with 2-4 units and, in the case of multiple owners (including condominiums and townhouses), all owners must participate and have permission from all tenants. In addition, at the current time, the program is designed for units that are separately metered for both gas and electric. If you are interested in lowering the cost of energy improvements in your 2-4 unit building by participating in this program, contact Matthew Savage at Build It Green, 510-590-3360 x133. Energy Upgrade California
Multifamily Green: Information on existing multifamily programs, technical resources & case studies.
Smart Lights offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates for businesses to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. Smart Lights is a program of Community Energy Service Corporation (CESC). For more information visit the CESC website
or call 510-981-7750.
California Youth Energy Services (sign-up today to reserve your free Green House Call)
The first step in getting free energy efficient upgrades for your apartment. Professional Youth Energy Specialists from Rising Sun Energy Center's CYES program will come to your apartment to check the household's electricity, gas and water use, and then help you reduce your energy bill by providing FREE energy-saving devices as well as energy education. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, water-saving showerheads, and retractable clotheslines provided at NO COST to renters and homeowners. Call: 510-665-1501 ext.10 or go to www.risingsunenergy.org to sign up today!
SmartSolar is a free, independent service that provides energy education and site-specific project advice for Berkeley property owners and businesses. SmartSolar is a program of Community Energy Services Corporation, a local nonprofit organization. Also, visit the Berkeley Solar Map to see the solar potential for your roof.
PG&E Rebates & Incentives
PG&E offers a variety of incentives to businesses and multifamily property owners for energy efficiency. For more information about PG&E programs visit PG&E multifamily rebates program and PG&E business rebate program or the East Bay Energy Watch for information about special services that are available locally. To find a vendor who specializes in energy efficiency by commercial/industry type go to: PG&E Energy Efficiency Specialist Search.