Energy Upgrade California Goes To LA

Los Angeles County homeowners are now eligible for rebates and incentives for house improvements though the Energy Upgrade California program. Only available for established single-family homes at this time, the retrofitting program allows residents to select an upgrade package, find an approved contractor, and apply for the rebates all at once.

The rebates can total up to $4,500 and are targeted for home energy improvements like insulation, energy efficient windows, tankless water heaters and more. In order to apply for the rebates and incentives, homeowners must go through the Energy Upgrade California program and use their list of approved contractors. The program tackles energy issues of the entire home, and not singular fixes, with two options – a basic sealing and insulation upgrade, and an advanced high efficiency upgrade for appliances like water heaters and furnaces.

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Los Angeles County expects the new program will help retrofit around 18,000 homes with an average 20% reduction in energy use and equal about 20,000 metric tons in CO2 offsets. The program also hopes to spur the creation of 2,000 new jobs, something the city of L.A. could use with a current unemployment rate of 12.5%.

We recently reported on the program, but since then a Home Energy Makeover contest featuring over $100,000 worth of prizes has been announced. The top winning home will receive $50,000 work of energy upgrades, including solar power and insulation that will give the house a green certification. Interested homeowners can apply through Energy Upgrade California’s website for the contest, which ends on March 31.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.