Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

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The City of Berkeley is committed to helping residents and businesses save energy and lower utility costs. Energy efficiency upgrades can make your home or building healthier and more comfortable. See how Berkeley is working to meet its Climate Action Plan goals for Building Energy. The links below include energy-saving rebates and assistance.    

Energy Upgrade California Rebates for energy upgrades. Learn about available incentives, financing, and energy-saving tips and to find a local energy efficiency contractor. For free assistance contact a Home Upgrade Advisor at 1-866-878-6008.

Rising Sun Energy Center administers the California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program which runs through the summer and provides FREE basic energy assessments and energy-saving devices installed by local youth. The Green Energy Training Services (GETS) program provides pre- apprenticeship job training for green jobs and energy efficiency services to the community.

Income-Qualified Energy Efficiency Programs 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. 

Residential/Commerical Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO/CECO) are Berkeley’s minimum requirements for energy and water efficiency. RECO/CECO require property owners to increase the energy and water efficiency in their buildings upon transfer of property ownership or when renovations are made.  RECO and CECO are currently being updated with a new replacement ordinance, Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO).

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing 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.

Community Energy Services Corporation (CESC) is the only authorized auditor for Berkeley’s Residential and Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) to verify compliance with the ordinance. Other CESC services include SmartLights, a subsidized commercial lighting retrofit program, SmartSolar, a FREE solar and energy efficiency consultation service for both commercial and residential sectors, and the Berkeley Home Safety and Repair Program which provides low-income Berkeley homeowners with free minor home repairs and mobility access improvements.

Energy Star If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit. 

Multifamily Green Energy efficiency rebates and assistance are currently available for multifamily property owners. Reduced energy use lowers operating costs for property owners and increases comfort and energy affordability for tenants. 

Benchmarking Commercial Buildings and Energy Smart Awards Benchmarking uses ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager software, developed by the EPA, to track energy use in commercial buildings. By paying attention to operations and looking for opportunities to lower energy consumption, buildings owners can save money and be recognized with a Berkeley Energy Smart Award.

Want to learn more about energy efficiency?

  • Energy Efficiency Home Upgrade & Home Performance Testing Learn how to improve your home's overall performance through building science. Find out easy, cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable, healthier, and more energy efficient.
  • Insulation Information on why to insulate, types of insulation and how to properly install insulation.
  • Natural Gas Savings Tips 10 easy tips to help you save money on your PG&E bill and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions while you are at it!

Related Topics:

Solar
The sun produces an abundance of free, clean, renewable energy. Increasing the amount of clean renewable energy is a critical component of Berkeley community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and grow the green economy.

Green Building
Build green. Green buildings provide healthy building interiors, maximize savings through the efficient use of energy and water and limit construction impacts on the natural environment.

Climate Action Plan
Be part of the solution, take action on climate change. The Berkeley Climate Action Plan is rooted in the vision for a sustainable Berkeley that not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also creates a local vibrant, healthy community. Check out our goals and progress at: www.cityofberkeley.info/climateprogress   

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