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Tax Tip: Energy Rebate Programs (California and Federal)

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

Are you looking to switch out or upgrade older appliances, make energy efficiency upgrades or repairs to your home? Before you do - read below to find out about your energy rebate programs available to you at the federal, state, business level for single family, multi-family, and small to medium businesses.


I recently attended the San Jose Home Show and there were quite a few plumbing and HVAC specialists looking to help homeowners capitalize on the current incentives being offered by our government in coordination with our utility companies.


Search Energy Rebate Programs

Check out this website called Switchison.org to find the latest rebates and tax credits from California and Federal along with local service providers like PG&E. Looking for solar incentives? Check out the article I wrote on "Solar Panels - What Happens When You Sell?"


[As of November 2023, in San Mateo there are 30 Incentives offered.]


How to find energy rebate programs

These credits can be for any income level, single family, multi-family, or small to medium businesses.


What benefits do you get from these programs?

  • Improve indoor air quality and safety

  • Reduce your energy bill

  • Help the environment


Here are just some of the providers and what they are offering:


Federal Energy Rebate Programs

HEAT PUMPS - The total annual credit limit may be up to $3,200 for 25C tax code, which will allow the annual $2,000 limit for heat pumps to be paired with the annual $1,200 limit for building envelope improvements.


INSULATION - The total annual credit limit may be up to $3,200 for 25C tax code, which will allow the annual $1,200 limit for building envelope improvements to be paired with the annual $2,000 limit for heat pumps and heat pump water heaters.


WATER HEATER, ELECTRIC PANEL UPGRADES - The total annual credit limit may be up to $3,200 for 25C tax code, which will allow the annual $2,000 limit for heat pump water heaters to be paired with the annual $1,200 limit for building envelope improvements.






Peninsula Clean Energy Rebate Programs

For those who are living on a tight budget, check out this Home Upgrade Program. There's a waitlist, but if/when you qualify, you can get FREE appliances, efficiency upgrades, and repairs.






Renter Incentives Energy Rebate Programs.

PG&E customers can test drive an induction cooktop unit for a two week period.




This company has incentives for many different types of buildings, including Multifamily.

CA Energy Smart Homes Energy Rebate Programs



Golden State Energy Rebate Programs

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