Conserving energy is a great way to save our natural resources and at the same time save money on utility bills. There are many ways to conserve energy in your household and there are rebates available for some home improvements. Learn of the many ways you can conserve energy at the links below.
Power On Peninsula
Are you interested in solar to reduce energy costs and keep the lights on during a power outage? Peninsula Clean Energy offers $1,250 to install solar panels + battery backup under its Power On Peninsula program.
They are working with Sunrun to design, install, and maintain solar + battery backup for your home. You will be part of a community electricity storage network that charge the batteries by day, and provide you with power in the evening and in the case of grid shutdown.
Peninsula Clean Energy
If you live in San Mateo County, you could be eligible for $2,500 or more if you replace your gas water heater with a heat pump water heater. If you are a CARE/FERA customer, or if you are upgrading your electrical panel, you could be eligible for even bigger rebates.
Why switch? Heat pump water heaters are cleaner, safer, and more energy efficient than gas water heaters.
Learn more about the rebates at the Peninsula Clean Energy website.
Free Energy Savings Program - HomeIntel
Do you have high energy bills? Find your energy leaks and ways that could save over $500 a year. The HomeIntel service offered by Home Energy Analytics on behalf of PG&E provides a secure, online analysis of your home energy use based on your PG&E smart meter data for no charge. Whether you own or rent your house or apartment, you can get a set of customized recommendations that typically includes many simple low-or no-cost fixes, an energy coach, and regular email updates to help you carry out your energy savings plan.
HomeIntel is available to residential customers of Peninsula Clean Energy and PG&E. Learn more and start saving energy.
Energy Upgrade California, San Mateo County
Energy Upgrade California is a Countywide and Statewide residential energy efficiency program offering resources, rebates, and information to homeowners for home energy improvements. As part of the program, homeowners have access to a list of approved contractors who are eligible to install energy upgrades and secure rebates for completed work. Learn more about Energy Upgrade California.
In addition, PG&E offers a variety of rebates for new energy-efficiency appliances, HVAC units, and pool pumps for your home. View a current list of available rebates. Other rebate programs are available for replacement of home.
Energy Efficiency Resources for Businesses
Small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the San Mateo County Energy Watch - Turn-key Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program which provides free energy assessments and subsidized energy efficiency upgrades of lighting and refrigeration systems, with free project management to help you lower your energy bills and boost cash flow. Learn more about this program here.
Solar Resources for Residents & Businesses
Installing a solar system is a great way to reduce your energy bill and your carbon footprint as well as increase the resale value of your property. Before going forward with a solar installation, here are some important considerations:
Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing for Residents & Businesses
The City has authorized three Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to operate in Millbrae. PACE programs are an innovative financing solution to help reduce the upfront costs of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. By allowing property owners to spread the cost of a project over many years as part of the owner's annual property tax payments, PACE programs make renewable energy and energy efficiency projects more affordable for property owners interested in saving energy and reducing their utility bills.
The various allowable PACE programs offer options for property owners to choose from. All of the City's PACE programs may be used to finance renewable energy, energy and water efficient improvements, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Water-efficient landscaping projects range from drip irrigation to artificial turf installation and can also include greywater reuse systems, rotating sprinkler nozzle installation, and other drought-tolerant landscaping upgrades. In addition, Figtree allows for seismic retrofit financing on properties.
Visit the program links below for more information on each PACE program authorized to operate in Millbrae:
Saving Energy this Winter
You can save energy, money and help to reduce greenhouse gases and global climate change by following these tips:
- During the winter, set the thermostat to 68ºF when you are home (health permitting) and lower it when you are away from home. For every two degrees you lower your thermostat, you will save approximately 10% on your heating bill costs.
- Add weather stripping around windows and doors to reduce drafts. Use caulking to seal around ducts, bypasses in plumbing openings, and any other gas in walls, floors, and ceilings to reduce air leaks.
- Insulating homes is one of the best ways to control your heating and cooling costs. Appropriate insulation can reduce your heating costs up to 30%.
- Replace existing single-pane windows with new energy-efficient high-performance windows and increase comfort while reducing heating and cooling costs.
- Wrap the water heater with an insulated blanket to reduce heat loss. Replace the water heater if it was manufactured before 1994 with a new energy-efficient one; it will take less energy and time to heat water.
- Replace or clean furnace filters regularly and get a furnace tune-up. Keeping your furnace clean, lubricated, and properly adjusted can help you save on heating costs. A new high-efficiency natural gas furnace can run up to 20% more efficiently than a furnace that is over 15 years old.
- Close the damper when not using the fireplace and turn your heater(s) down when using your fireplace.
- Open drapes on sunny days to help warm the rooms.
- Save energy by reducing your water use;
- Cut water use by installing faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads, and low-flush toilets. As much as 19% of California's electricity is used to pump, transport, and treat water. Learn about free water-saving devices and rebates.
- Turn your water heater down to 120ºF or use the "Normal" setting when at home, and the lowest setting when away from home. Water heating accounts for about 13% of total home energy costs.
- Wash clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy use in a clothes washer goes to water heating.
- Run your dishwasher and clothes washer only when fully loaded. Fewer loads reduce energy and water use. Use the air-dry option instead of the heat-dry. Check and clean the dishwasher drain.
- Make sure your dryer's outside vent is clear and clean the lint filter after every load.
Learn about PG&E's CARE Program which encompasses reduced monthly energy bills for qualified low or fixed-income households and housing facilities: 866-743-2273.