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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)

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Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The links below include energy efficiency programs that may qualify you for high performance recognition and exemption for Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance along with energy-saving rebates, financing, and assistance. 

House Icon BayREN Home+ provides rebates up to $5,000. Find a local energy efficiency contractor and learn about available incentives, financing, and energy-saving tips. For free assistance contact a Home Upgrade Advisor at 1-866-878-6008. 

BESO Building Multifamily Small Icon Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Energy efficiency rebates, no-cost energy consulting, and low interest financing are currently available for multifamily property owners. Reduced energy use lowers operating costs for property owners and increases comfort and energy affordability for tenants.  

BESO Building House Small Icon Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency Programs Completion of no-cost energy efficiency improvement from the following programs qualifies you for a BESO exemption: 

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Spectrum Energy Services offers bill payment assistance and free weatherization services (weather stripping, attic insulation, and caulking) and energy efficient refrigerators to income-qualified residents.
  • PG&E's Energy Saving Assistance Program Income qualified homeowners are eligible for a free home energy assessment and subsequent energy improvements from an energy specialist. 

Energy Efficiency Financing Tools: 

Go Green Financing Administered by the State of California, the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan program (REEL) provides attractive financing for central heating and air conditioning, efficient windows and appliances, cool roofs and many other home improvements. Up to 30% of REEL financing can be used for non-energy improvements of your choice, such as drought-tolerant landscaping or window coverings.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing that allows property owners to borrow money to pay for renewable energy and/or energy efficiency improvements through a special assessment on the property tax bill.


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