Energy Upgrade Your Building

Energy efficiency upgrades to your building are a cost effective way to achieve savings and comfort. 

Personalized Energy Efficiency Service

If you aren't sure where to start, it's a good idea to get an energy audit so you can get the best return on your investment. Hayward is part of the East Bay Energy Watch, which provides free technical assistance to help you with your project proposal and savings estimates. East Bay Energy Watch will help you maximize cash rebates to help defray the cost of upgrades. 

See examples of possible upgrades to commercial buildings in this EPA video - Energy 101: Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings.

The Energy Efficiency Pyramid serves as a general reference for you to explore which upgrades might be most cost effective to save energy in your building. The higher you go up the pyramid, the more expensive and complex the improvement. In other words, start at the bottom and work your way up. See the full article on the pyramid at Green Building Advisor.

Energy Efficiency Pyramid


Paying for energy upgrades now will save you money in the long run, but the initial capital investment can be a significant obstacle. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing allows property owners to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and seismic upgrades with little or no up-front costs. Lean about PACE Programs in Hayward.

Green Hayward PAYS

Green Hayward PAYS® is a city program designed to save multifamily accounts money, energy, and water. With no up-front cost, multifamily owners can upgrade their property to save money on their utilities bills and meet new State code requirements in effect January 1, 2019.

Learn more and schedule your free site visit to estimate your property’s savings potential by visiting the Green Hayward PAYS® page or by calling 510.462.6112.

Tips and Resources

Check out the resources provided below to learn some tips, tricks, and additional information to help you become more efficient:


We’re strive to help you achieve energy efficiency as easily and economically as possible by streamlining our permit processes. Permits are required for most energy upgrade projects, such as insulation, replacing windows, boilers and HVAC equipment. Visit the City's permit page to search for the project that you are considering or visit the Permit Center in person M-Th, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Have questions?

Contact us and we'll do our best to get you the information you need to successfully complete your project: 510.583.4700.