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Hurry, California Rebate Programs Available Now

Posted on April 6, 2017

General Air Conditioning & Plumbing wants our clients to know time could be running out to save thousands of dollars through a state rebate program to help pay for your home improvement project.

It’s called Energy Upgrade California. The rebates were reduced in 2017, but the program is still active. If you meet the requirements it can put money into your pocket. Just act now before there are any more cuts in the program.

General’s Comfort Advisors are ready to explain the program to you. At its simplest, Energy Upgrade California helps Californians save energy and conserve natural resources. It can help you pay for the installation of energy efficient heaters and high efficiency furnaces. The funding comes from customers of investor-owned utilities and is administered through the California Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to reduce electrical demand and ease stress on the electrical grid through energy upgrades in your home.

In some respects, the program is complicated. The project has to be pre-approved and the home must meet stringent testing standards. The General is perfectly equipped to handle the tests for you. Testing has to be performed by contractors who are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), which includes our technicians.

Many of the tests to qualify for the energy upgrade are already a part of our Home Performance Contracting program to make sure your home is energy efficient. The home can fail the testing for many reasons having nothing to do with the HVAC systems. The General will be happy to work with you to find out if you qualify and determine if your installation plan makes this a good rebate program for you to pursue as part of your home improvement plan.

If, for whatever reason, your home is not a good choice for the Energy Upgrade California program, The General will be happy to show you some other ways to save money and still upgrade your air conditioning and heating systems.

Another choice is the Hero® Program. Instead of rebates, the Hero provides financing for energy saving projects in the home. It’s administered through local governments and loans money based primarily on the amount of equity you have in your home. In some cases, the interest you pay to repay the loan may be tax deductible.

The Ygrene Works™ Program is similar and also available in California to help pay for energy upgrades. It provides financing for a whole host of home improvement projects. Whether it’s Hero or Ygrene, here are a few of the benefits:

    • No upfront money to start
    • Fixed terms as long as 25 or 30 years
    • Payments through your property tax bill
    • In some cases payments are transferrable to a new owner if the house is sold

Remember, General Air Conditioning & Plumbing is always here for your repair, service, and maintenance needs.