Did You Know?

Drops of Water Knowledge

When running a bath you should plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.

Letting the faucet run for 5 minutes uses as much energy as leaving a light on more than 14 hours.

A water-smart clothes washer can save more water in one year than one person drinks in an entire lifetime!

hot water faucet that leaks 1 drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That's more than 1 person uses in 2 weeks.

Plug the sink while shaving. Try this instead of running the water to rinse your razor and save up to 300 gallons/month.

Energy Upgrade California - FAQ

What is Energy Upgrade California?

Energy Upgrade California™ is a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. It is supported by an alliance of the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits to help communities meet state and local energy and climate action goals. Funding comes from investor-owned utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

How was Energy Upgrade California created?

On Sept. 18, 2008, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted the state’s first Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, presenting a single roadmap to achieve maximum energy savings across all major groups and sectors in California. This comprehensive Plan for 2009 to 2020 is the state’s first integrated framework of goals and strategies for saving energy in the government, utility, and private sectors and holds energy efficiency to its role as the highest priority resource in meeting California’s energy needs.

The Energy Upgrade California works to motivate consumers to take action on to better manage their energy use -. The program strives to both increase awareness and education on energy management and facilitate the ability to act and incorporate technological advances or behavior change using all available resources to reduce energy and choose clean energy options.

How can Energy Upgrade California help me?

Energy Upgrade California is an educational resource for California residents and small business owners for energy management concepts and programs that can help you better manage your energy use. 

Browse the site for more information on:

  • How to save energy and water
  • Managing your useage
  • What clean energy options are readily available
  • How to find rebates and incentives on the state of California’s energy goals.

What kind of financing is available for energy efficient home improvements?

There is a range of financing options available to help reduce your out-of-pocket costs for energy upgrades to your home. These options can vary depending on the upgrade measures. For more information on rebates and incentives in your area, please use our rebate finder.

What is AB32?

AB 32 is California’s law to reduce carbon pollution and fight climate change. The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, mandates that California reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and then maintain that reduction of about 15% from current levels. For more information on AB32: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm.

What is the Cap-and-Trade Program?

The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as “AB 32,” addresses climate change by placing an economy-wide “cap” on major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, such as refineries, power plants, industrial facilities and transportation fuels. Each year the cap is lowered by approximately three percent, ensuring that California is reducing greenhouse gases. Industries in this program must either reduce their greenhouse gas emissions or buy a limited quantity of pollution permits, also called “allowances”. Allowances can be bought through quarterly auctions managed by the Air Resources Board. This component of the state’s effort to combat climate change creates a powerful incentive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to cleaner forms of energy.

For more information about the Global Warming Solutions Act, visit the Air Resource Board’s website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm

Will my electricity rates be increased as a result of the price of carbon?

California has programs to encourage electricity providers to shift toward clean sources of energy, and one of those programs results in power plants facing a cost when they produce electricity from fuels that put greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. These costs are reflected in all customers’ electricity generation rates – the portion of electricity bills that represents the costs to generate electricity.

The rate increases for residential, small business, and some manufacturing customers will either be fully or partially offset by Climate Credits. The goal is to protect customers from overall cost increases on their electricity bills and to give people additional opportunities to invest in energy and money-saving upgrades.


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