Rebates are available to make your home more energy efficient which in turn will save money

Berkeley residents can claim rebates up to the value of $6,300 for implementing energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. And they can learn all about the what, where and how at a Berkeley Home Energy Efficiency Forum happening tomorrow, November 2nd, in Berkeley.

The City of Berkeley has partnered with Energy Upgrade California to offer the workshop as a one-stop shop for all Alameda County homeowners to find contractors, get information about the rebates and tax credits available and have all their questions answered.

Residents will get a chance to meet participating contractors who are trained and ready to work on their home, as well as homeowners who have already made energy improvements to their homes.

Some key facts about homes and energy consumption:

  • The average home loses approximately 40% of their energy through leaks in the home.
  • Indoor air quality is 2-5 times worse than outdoor air quality according to the EPA.
  • Basic upgrades for homes include air sealing, attic insulation, duct sealing, hot water pipe insulation, thermostatic shower control, combustion safety testing and installing smoke detectors.
  • Advanced upgrades for homes include high efficiency furnace, energy efficient cooling, water heater and windows, wall insulation and installing a cool roof.

The Berkeley Home Energy Efficiency Forum takes place Wednesday November 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the YMCA Teen Center, 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

To find out about more events in Berkeley and nearby, bookmark Berkeleyside’s recently launched Events Calendar. We encourage you also to submit your own events.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...