Home Upgrade: Easier than ever 
Beginning April 1, 2015, Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade as offered by The Energy Network will implement the following program changes:

Requirement Changes
  • Remove: Showerhead Requirement. TCVs are no longer required.
  • Remove: Duct Requirement. As long as your project meets local code, we no longer require that all Home Upgrade projects involving duct work meet both the Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation requirements. You can install or seal R-6 ducts and still qualify for the Duct Sealing measure.
  • Remove: Heating & Cooling Requirement. As long as your project meets local code, we no longer require that all Home Upgrade projects involving the replacement of a central air conditioner and/or central furnace must also meet the requirements for both Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation measures. You can install an AC or furnace without claiming both duct measures. 
Measure Changes
  • Remove: 14 SEER Central Air Conditioner. The 15 SEER Central Air Conditioner will remain at a $750 rebate value.
  • Update: Electric Water Heater will now require EF ≥ 2.00 for the same $400 rebate value.
  • Add: Gas Storage Water Heater EF ≥ 0.70 with a rebate value of $450.

Take advantage of the program changes

And as always, feel free to contact us directly with any questions. You can just reply to this email. 
Selling energy efficiency
How do you explain energy efficiency to your potential customers? Take a look at what the experts are doing to communicate the value of home performance.
  • BPI.org for Homeownersa new interactive websiteBeyond the CFL: Winning Images in Energy Efficiency designed to educate homeowners on the value of home performance energy upgrades and the quality of contractors who have earned a BPI credential. 
  • Beyond the CFL: Winning Images for Energy Efficiency: A report from Resource Media provides new insight into the types of images that get people excited about energy efficiency and supporting energy-saving practices and policies, and those that turn people off. 
  • Coming Soon: We're working to make The Energy Network's residential website more user-friendly. Stay tuned! 
As always, your customers can contact one of our Home Upgrade Advisors directly with any questions they may have at (877) 785-2237 or homeupgrade@theenergynetwork.com .
In case you missed us...
The Energy Network at the IHACI Trade Show
A photo of The Energy Network's booth at last year's IHACI Trade Show was just included in this month's edition of Indoor Comfort News. 

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Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. www.energyupgradeca.org.