Energy and Sustainability for Residents
Upfront costs are a major barrier to implementing energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy projects like solar. The Energy and Sustainability offers financing for residential properties located in Sonoma County through the Sonoma County Energy Independence Office (SCEIP).
SCEIP financing pays for up to 100% of the project’s costs at a fixed interest rate and is repaid over a 10 or 20-year term as an assessment on your property tax bill. With no money down and an easy qualification process, SCEIP offers a simple way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades.
Our office will help you determine and compare the financing options available that best meet your needs.
Rebates and Incentives
Making energy efficiency improvements not only helps you save energy and money but also enhances comfort and indoor air quality―making your home a healthier and more livable environment for your family. Even simple improvements like sealing leaky ducts, adding insulation, or installing an efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system can make a big difference in your home’s comfort and air quality.
Our office will work with you to determine rebates and incentives that apply to your project. Many rebates and incentives must be pre-approved prior to starting work. Contact our office before you begin your project to learn more.
Consultation and Project Planning
Whether you are just beginning to research going solar or are trying to decide among contractor bids, our free, unbiased consultations can help ensure that all of your questions are answered. Homeowners are encouraged to take advantage of this service and gain peace of mind while navigating this at times confusing process.
A home energy audit is often the first step in making your home more efficient. An audit can help you assess how much energy your home uses and evaluate what measures you can take to improve efficiency, address indoor air quality which can affect recurring health problems such as asthma or headaches, comfort issues, or building durability. Our office can help you better understand the audit results and assist you with prioritizing your improvements based on the results.
Property owners and renters from around the county joined the Energy and Sustainability office for workshops to learn about energy and water saving at home, and adding solar panels to generate your own electricity. Presentations also included information on financing and help identifying where to start and how to get your project going. To learn more, visit http://sonomacountyenergy.org/home-energy-workshops/