Yesterday while attending a local meeting for the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, I heard a wonderful speaker presenting about an amazing program for homeowners in San Francisco. Here in SF about 40% of our carbon footprint comes from energy usage in our homes and SF is pushing to make our houses more efficient. The housing stock of SF isÂ unquestionablyÂ older compared to many cities and the efficiency rating of appliance and systems reflect their age.
So the Fed is providing stimulus money along with the city of San Francisco to provide incentives to homeowners to make upgrades to their buildings. It is set up to help reduce the usage of gas and electric use inÂ significantÂ ways. The program can be completely customized so each homeowner can get the most bang for their buck. Â Work covered under this program includes: air sealing, insulation, duct sealing, combustion safety fixes, upgrading water heater or boiler and more. There are great reasons to take part:
- Comfort- warmer and less drafty home
- Quiet- reduced street noise
- Health- Indoor air quality is improved, less dust and toxins will be airborne.
- Value- Home upgrades improve home value. Soon home disclosures may even include energy efficiency ratings so buyers understand how efficient a home is.
- Energy- Save 15-40% of annual energy use.
- Environment- less carbon footprint and fighting climate change
EligibilityÂ is easy. You just need to be a home owner. If you own a unit in a 2-4 unit building then all homeowners must participate simultaneously but you can still be eligible. You must also be a PG&E customer. Finally you must achieve a minimum of 15% energy efficiency improvements.
The average upgrades cost $12,500 and the average savings were $7,000. If you speak to me I may be able to give you a special voucher for an added $500 savings available through realtors. Owners under a certain income level may also be eligible for greater savings.
Act now though. The Fed Stimulus money expires June 2012. The other incentives will continue last for perhaps a year longer, but why wait? Check out more info at theÂ SF EnvironmentÂ website orÂ Energy Upgrade CaliforniaÂ website and contact me about getting the Realtor Voucher. My info can be found at my website