The Process


Take a step towards upgrading the comfort, safety and energy efficiency of your home today!

Step 1: Take a Quiz

Take a quick quiz to find out how much money, energy and green house gas emissions your home can save with an energy upgrade.

Step 2: Find a Contractor

Select a participating contractor and schedule a home assessment. Contractors are specially trained, screened and approved by Energy Upgrade CA in San Francisco.

Step 3: Home Assessment

The contractor will come out to your home and will perform a series of tests. This will take approximately 4 hours and will cost between $100 to $500 depending on which contractor you select.

Step 4: Home Report

The contractor will provide a detailed, quantitative report showing how your home performs (tests conducted, energy loss, problems found, etc.) and will suggest a set of customized improvements that together will save you the most amount of energy and get you the most incentive money. The minimum recommendation will make your home 15% more efficient.

Recommendations will be customized for your home and might include improving insulation, air & duct sealing, improved heating and cooling systems, etc. You may choose to aim for higher levels of savings to receive the higher incentives. The price for the work done will depend on the size and condition of your home, the items you want to have done, and the level of energy savings you are aiming for. The price will be agreed upon between you and your contractor.

Note: If you do not want to move forward after getting the report and estimate, you do not have to. You just pay for the assessment, and you keep the information for when you are ready to move forward.

Step 5: Work Agreement and Upgrade

If you choose to move forward with an upgrade, you'll sign with a contractor. Then work will be performed on your house, and final safety and energy tests will be performed to ensure you are saving the estimated amount of energy.