It’s easy to save energy and save money! Energy efficiency is a cost-effective way to reduce your electricity and gas usage, which contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. There are a number of energy efficiency programs, rebates, and incentives to help you get started. Learn tips for reducing energy using the resources below. Remember to always check for rebates before replacing an appliance or starting a home improvement project.
Rebates, Incentives, and Financing:
- Walnut Creek Saves is a residential community program designed to offer the following benefits: residents learn to save energy, water and money during home consultations lead by an energy consultant and students; residents can spend their savings locally to help build a stronger economy in Walnut Creek; local high school students receive energy and water efficiency training and work experience. Sign up for a free home consultation to learn more about this program for incorporated Walnut Creek residents.
- Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade: Rebates of $1,000-$6,500 are available to homeowners for making several energy-efficient home improvements, such as insulation, efficient air conditioners, windows, and more. Free Home Upgrade Advisors are available at to provide one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Call 866-878-6008 FREE or visit BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org to contact a Home Upgrade Advisor today.
- PG&E rebates and incentives Swimming pools can account for up to 20 percent of the energy a residence consumes. Single and multifamily residential customers who replace older, inefficient pool pumps with qualifying energy-efficient products can achieve significant savings on operating costs and are eligible for a $100 rebate from PG&E.
- Rebates for multi-family property owners to make energy efficiency upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 15% or more of a building’s energy and water usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade.
The City of Walnut Creek would like to recognize The Keys for their participation in the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements (BAMBE) Program! The energy efficiency upgrade project the property completed through the program demonstrates The Keys’ commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project reduced common area electricity use by more than 50%. The City of Walnut Creek works hard to conserve energy and we appreciate the help from our community members in reaching our Climate Action Plan goals! After receiving the free energy assessment provided though the BAMBE program, THE KEYS HOA decided on a scope of work that included upgrading all common area lighting, common area appliances, domestic hot water pumps and other water feature pumps. Property management could select their own contractors and products with this program, and BAMBE representatives worked with the HOA throughout the project to ensure the work was completed within a 3 month timeframe. The property received a rebate that covered more than 75% of the total project costs. For more information about the BAMBE program visit Bayareamultifamily.org.
- PACE Financing allows property owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy, and electric vehicle infrastructure upgrades to their property by repaying the cost of the improvements through a voluntary assessment on their property tax bill. See the financing webpages for more information.
California Youth Energy Services Program
Walnut Creek hosted the California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program for a third year in the summer of 2017 to help residents save water and energy while reducing their utility bills. This program was shared with Concord and Lafayette. The program was available to both homeowners and renters.
In 2017, the program employed 7 local youth as Energy Specialists that conducted basic energy and water conservation assessments during Green House Calls in residences, then installed energy and water-saving devices at no cost to residents. CYES served 77 Walnut Creek residents, reduced energy use by 11,968 kWh and 34 therms, and saved 198,840 gallons of water annually. All in all, this is a reduction of 9.1 metric tons of carbon dioxide. View a short summary of the program's results.
Tips and Resources:
- Energy Upgrade California™ is California’s go-to source for information on energy management, energy saving tips, and rebates.
- Energy Star appliances
- Tips on Saving Energy and Money at Home (US Department of Energy)