Programs to Electrify Homes
In 2020, BayREN has expanded its programs with electrification measures designed to move the Bay Area towards decarbonization of existing buildings, particularly multifamily and single family homes. BayREN has added electrification measures to complement its current energy efficiency measures with a mix of incentives, marketing and education services, trainings, and cross-promotion of companion programs for solar, electric vehicles, and financing. Find out more below.
Multifamily Clean Heating Pathway
Additional incentives are available to multifamily property owners switching from gas fueled space heating and cooking appliances, to cleaner, highly efficient electric alternatives.
Now is the ideal time to switch to
heat pump water heaters
Big incentives are available to licensed contractors and homeowners in the Bay Area for replacing natural gas or propane residential water heaters with high efficiency heat pump water heaters.
Contractors may qualify for incentives up to $1,000 for completed residential HPWH installations. Learn more.
Homeowners may qualify for BayREN’s $1,000 Home+ incentive, as well as other local and federal rebates and credits. Learn more.
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Why make the switch?
A heat pump water heater is clean, safe and all-electric. It works like a refrigerator in reverse. It uses electricity and a refrigerant to take heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to the water in the tank.
Switching from a gas water heater to a heat pump water heater can:
Save energy and money
Eliminate indoor gas combustion, improving the home’s air quality and safety
Reduce air pollution
Reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change
Help homeowners with solar electricity systems transition to 100% electrification
Multifamily property owners can receive additional incentives for switching from gas fueled space heating, water heating and cooking appliances to cleaner, highly efficient electric alternatives. The Clean Heating Pathway requires at least 3 eligible measures and at least 0.25 tonne reduction in CO2 per unit. The program is designed for properties that wish to demonstrate climate leadership by deeply reducing the carbon emissions from energy use in their buildings.
Home+ Electric Pathway
As part of the BayREN Home+ program, single family homeowners can receive incentives for installing highly efficient electric space heating, water heating,
clothes drying and induction cooking ranges. These incentives can be used in conjunction with other local County, Community Choice Aggregators and utility rebates to maximize savings and create a cleaner environment inside the home and outside.
Additional Electrification Programs & Information
Heat Pump Water Heater Buyers Guide from Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Residential Heat Pump Water Heater Information from the City of Berkeley