Energy Upgrade Your Home

Energy efficiency upgrades to your home are a cost effective way to achieve savings and comfort for your family. 

See a walk through of an improved home that received funding from Energy Upgrade California.

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

Home Upgrade Advisors and Rebates

Aren't sure where to start? Home Upgrade is a BayREN program specifically for Bay Area homeowners and implemented by local county governments. The free Home Upgrade Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified energy efficiency professionals who can work with you every step of the way before, during, and after an upgrade. To get in touch with a Home Upgrade Advisor, call 866.878.6008 or fill out the form on their website.

The Home Upgrade program offers rebates of up to $5,000 depending on the scope of your project.

Electrification Rebates

Home Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters
Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another rather than generating their own heat by burning fossil fuels like natural gas. Heat pump water heaters can be three times more efficient than conventional gas-powered water heaters and lower your home's emissions from natural gas. Hayward residents have access to rebates to make upgrading to a heat pump water heater easy and affordable. 

Inductions Cooktops
Induction cooking uses magnets and electric currents to create heat for cooking. Induction cooking is cleaner, quicker, and safer than cooking with gas or coil electric resistance. BayREN offers a $300 rebate for residents who purchase a qualifying full-range induction cooktop

Green House Calls

The East Bay Energy Watch, a partnership between local governments and PG&E, provides Green House Calls at no cost to Alameda and Contra Costa County residents though the California Youth Energy Services Program (CYES). Hayward has had the opportunity to host the CYES Program every summer since 2010.

The CYES Program employs young adults, ages 15 to 22, for seven weeks each summer. The Rising Sun Energy Center hires and trains these young energy specialists to serve communities across the Bay Area with no-cost home energy and water assessments, or Green House Calls. At each Green House Call, energy specialists check the home for efficiency and install energy and water-saving equipment such as energy-efficient lighting, high-efficiency aerators, showerheads, clotheslines, and power strips. Energy specialists also provide personalized recommendations for further savings.

Sign up today

Sign up for your no-cost home energy and water assessment from Rising Sun Energy Center, sponsored by the City of Hayward. All Hayward residents are eligible for this service -- renters and owners. The program runs from July 6th through August 11th. Spots are limited! Reserve yours today by signing up online or by calling 510-665-1501 ext. 5.  We are looking forward to helping make your home more green!

CYES Energy Specialist
A California Youth Energy Specialist completes a green house call in Hayward


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, and home heating systems. 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.