Heating and cooling your home or business can be very expensive. It can be difficult to figure out how you are going to heat and cool your space each month, and every cent matters. For those that have an older system, it might be a dream to get your system replaced and repaired, but it also might be hard to justify the cost. However, rebates are out there that can help offset that cost and help encourage you to replace your system.
What Is a SMUD Rebate?
SMUD stands for Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which offers a range of rebates that can help you offset the cost of replacing your heating and cooling system and can help you get up to $4,800 back when paired with TECH incentives. SMUD rebates are meant to encourage energy users to update their systems to help reduce carbon emissions, as well as lower their energy bills.
With a SMUD rebate, you can qualify for up to $3,000 in rebates for updating your heating and cooling system when it is installed by a qualified and qualifying contractor approved by SMUD. You can also get incentives through the TECH Clean California initiative. These upgrades can include things like panel updates if you have solar panels, updating ducts and total units, and so on. The aim is to get rid of old systems that are causing higher carbon emissions in favor of newer systems that are more energy efficient and also produce less carbon emissions overall.
How Can I Qualify for a SMUD Rebate?
In order to qualify for these rebates, you must be a SMUD customer and have a current SMUD account, as well as a home that is served and metered by SMUD. You also need to contact your building department before you start making any changes to ensure you are not subject to building codes. You then need to make sure that your home qualifies. An example might be that if you have a mobile home you should make sure that it fits under HUD codes, or you have a State of California Community Services Department sticker as well.
If you qualify, you then need to think about financing. You may be able to get a Sustainable Home Improvement Loan to help get the money outright so that you can get the loan to start your project. Next you need to make sure that the contractor you choose to complete the work is approved by SMUD so that it can be reimbursed and so that it can be kept track of and the rebate can be tallied.
This is a wonderful opportunity for those who have been wanting to update their systems, but who might not have the money to do so or might need some incentive. A SMUD rebate is a great chance to get your system updated and to get some money back from the upgrade.
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