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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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SCE - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/14/2012
Program Overview:
State: California
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Refrigerators, Equipment Insulation, Water Heaters, Central Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Roofs, Motors, Custom/Others pending approval, Whole House Fans, Pool Pumps, Room Air Conditioners, Evaporative Coolers, A/C Cycling
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Installer/Contractor
Amount:Basic Upgrade: $1,000
Advanced Upgrade: $4,000
Professional A/C Installation/Maintenance: Up to $2500
Refrigerator/Freezer: $50
Refrigerator/Freezer Recycling: $35
Electric Water Heater: $30
Room Air Conditioner: $20
Whole House Fan: $50
Evaporative Cooler: $300
Summer A/C Cycling: $100-$200
Pool Pump and Motor: $200
Equipment Requirements:Contact SCE regarding equipment standards and requirements
Installation Requirements:Pre and post installation inspections may be required
Funding Source:System Benefits Charge
Start Date:1/1/2010
Expiration Date:12/31/2012
Web Site:

Southern California Edison (SCE) offers a rebate program specifically encouraging energy savings for SCE customers who own a detached single-family home. The program aims to reduce energy consumption by upgrading existing systems and measures in participating homes. The program consists of two tiers. Savings reductions will be compared to home energy usage prior to the upgrade.

The basic upgrade package requires homeowners to install more efficient air sealing, attic insulation, duct sealing, water heater pipe insulation, shower heads and also requires duct testing and combustion safety testing. If the upgrades meet SCE standards, participants in this basic upgrade may receive an incentive of $1,000.

The advanced upgrade package requires that all homes implement the measures outlined in the basic upgrade package. In addition, homes must also have upgraded wall insulation, windows, cool roofs, and must properly size hot water and cooling equipment. Currently, a 40% reduction in home energy consumption qualifies homeowners for a full incentive of $4,000. Partial incentives are also available for homes which do not meet this standard but complete necessary measures. Incentive checks will be mailed four to six weeks after program completion.

SCE has other rebates for residential users, including pool pumps, heating and cooling products such as room air conditioner units, whole house fans, evaporative coolers, and home appliances such as refrigerators and water heaters. Contact SCE for information about this program or visit the program web site listed above.

  SCE Energy Upgrade Program
Southern California Edison
2244 Walnut Grove Ave
Rosemead, CA 91770
Phone 2: (626) 302-1212
Fax: (626) 302-2517
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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