The Energy Network Home Upgrade
Program Updates:  Effective August 1, 2016
  Effective today, August 1, the following changes will apply to new Home Upgrade projects submitted with The Energy Network:
  • Minimum 10% energy savings OR measure rebate value of $2,000 or greater:
    • Projects with 10% or greater energy savings qualify. No audit is required. Please see the Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator. 
    • Or,
    • Projects can qualify without the energy savings calculation by including measures with a combined rebate value of $2,000 or greater. This is in alignment with the SCE/SoCalGas program 200-point minimum.
  • Final rebate must not exceed 50% of project cost:
    • The $3,000 maximum is still in place.
    • For example, if the project cost is $5,000, the maximum final rebate is $2,500, even if the sum of measure rebates is $2,700. 
All other program requirements including the three-measure minimum remain the same.

Summary of Program Changes as of August 1, 2016
 
Existing Requirements
Updated Requirements
Minimum energy savings OR measure rebate value 
N/A
Minimum of 1 0% energy savings, or minimum of $2,000 rebate value for all measures
Maximum final rebate
Maximum of $3,000
Maximum final rebate of 50% of project cost, up to $3,000 cap
Timeline Projects submitted before 8/1/16 and completed before 12/31/16
Projects submitted after 8/1/16 or completed after 12/31/16
Updates to Contractor Portal
In order to ensure new program requirements are met, the Contractor Portal has been updated to include the following fields. These fields are also reflected on the Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator
  • Climate Zone
  • Floor Construction (crawlspace/slab-on-grade)
  • Existing Central Air Conditioning Present (AC/no AC)
  • Heating (furnace/wall furnace)
  • Water Heating (electric/gas)
New Incentive Calculator & Updated Collateral 

New Energy Savings Calculator for Home Upgrade: 


 
The new energy savings calculator is available! Both The Energy Network and SCE/SoCalGas Home Upgrade programs are using the calculator provided by SCE/SoCalGas. SCE/SoCalGas has also created a User Guide to help you become more familiar with the calculator. 

Please review them now and use them when selling any projects that you anticipate may be reserved on or after August 1 and/or post-retrofit submitted on or after December 31 to offer correct incentive estimates to your customers. 

Updated Home Upgrade Collateral: 

The following Home Upgrade collateral have also been updated to account for the program changes taking effect August 1:

If you would like a new set of brochures to be mailed to your business, please email your name, business, and shipping address to Kate at 
krathbun@theenergynetwork.com
Recording: Program Updates Webinar
The "Home Upgrade Program Updates" webinar was hosted on July 26, 2016. Thank you for all who attended the webinar! If you were unable to attend, the recording and slides are now available for you to review. 

This webinar:
  • Provides an overview of the changes to The Energy Network Home Upgrade program. 
  • Answers questions about the changes and introduce the Home Upgrade Incentive Calculator. 

Questions? We're always happy to help.

Contact us at  homeupgrade@theenergynetwork.com  or (877) 785-2237.

The Energy Network is administered by the County of Los Angeles and funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. www.theenergynetwork.com

 

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.