Lower Your Bill

If you would like to lower your bill, you may be eligible for a discount or energy efficiency program. Read more about the programs below. Peninsula Clean Energy customers are eligible for PG&E programs.

Special Rate Customers 

As a Peninsula Clean Energy customer, you are eligible for discount programs including the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program, Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Medical Baseline. Please note that special rate customers receive their discounts on the transmission and delivery portion of their electric bills, so customers who are already enrolled still maintain their discounts with Peninsula Clean Energy!

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program

Qualified households receive deep discounts on their energy bills through the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program. CARE eligibility is based on public assistance program participation or based on the number of individuals in your household and total gross household income. To learn more about CARE and how to apply, visit PG&E’s webpage about CARE.

Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program
The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program can provide a monthly discount on your electric bills. The program is designed for income-qualified households of three or more persons.  To learn more about FERA and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s webpage about FERA.
Medical Baseline
 Medical Baseline is a financial assistance program for residential customers that have special energy needs due to qualifying medical conditions. Peninsula Clean Energy customers in San Mateo County are eligible for this discount and can also enjoy additional savings on their energy bill. Peninsula Clean Energy customers with Medical Baseline enjoy an additional 30% discount on their electricity generation. To qualify, a California-licensed physician must certify that a full-time resident in your home has a qualifying medical condition. To learn more about Medical Baseline and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s webpage about Medical Baseline.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program overseen by the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and administered by 32 Action Agencies throughout California. Services include the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP), and LIHEAP Weatherization. Visit California Department of Community Services & Development for more information.

 

Energy Assistance 

Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP)
The Energy Savings Assistance Program offers free energy efficiency improvements such as installation of insulation, caulking and light bulbs, and replacement of appliances such as refrigerators, water heaters, and furnaces. Participants must live in a house, mobile home or apartment that is at least five years old and meet income guidelines. To learn more about the Energy Savings Assistance program, please visit PG&E’s ESAP website.
Single-family Affordable Solar Homes Program (SASH)
The Single-family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program provides incentives to qualified low-income homeowners to help offset the costs of a solar electric system. The SASH program is overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and administered by GRID Alternatives, a non-profit organization. To learn more about SASH, please visit their website.
Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)
 LIWP installs solar photovoltaics (PV), solar hot water heaters, and energy efficiency measures in eligible low‐income single family and multi‐family dwellings in disadvantaged communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. To learn more about LIWP, please visit their website.
Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help (REACH)
 The REACH one-time program helps you pay for energy during a crisis. REACH provides an energy credit for up to $300 based on the past due bill amount. To learn more about REACH and how to apply, please visit PG&E’s webpage about REACH.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
 The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides payment assistance with home energy bills. The one time per calendar year payment varies depending on income, household size, and funding. Households facing shutoff (customer has received 15-day or 48-hour notice) may receive immediate help at emergency service sites centrally located in San Mateo County.

  • Weatherization Energy Assistance Program – HEAP applicants may be eligible for Weatherization Services. Energy efficiency-improving measures are done in the home to reduce energy costs. This program is available to renters as well as homeowners. Owners of rental property are not charged when these services are provided for their tenants.

To learn more about HEAP and Weatherization Services, please visit the Energy Services website.

 

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Energy Efficiency Programs

Home Energy & Water Savings Toolkit

Visit your library and – just like a book – check out the new San Mateo County Check It Out! Home Energy and Water Saving Toolkit. It’s stocked with supplies and measuring devices that will help you lower your utility bills while saving precious resources.

Please visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Energy Efficiency website for more information.

For Residential Property Owners

Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Property Owners

The County of San Mateo is collaborating with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) to offer rebates and assistance to homeowners and multi-family property owners for energy-efficient home improvements.

Through Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade in the Bay Area, single family homeowners can receive rebates for improvements. Call 866-878-6008 or submit a brief form on the Bay Area Energy Upgrade website for more information.

Energy Upgrade California’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and no-cost energy consulting for multifamily property owners that undertake energy and water upgrades for their buildings. This program is open to multifamily buildings with five or more attached dwelling units in the Bay Area.

Please visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Energy Efficiency website for more information.

For Business Owners
The San Mateo County Energy Watch program provides energy efficiency services and incentives to businesses, public agencies, schools, non-profit organizations, and lower-income residents. The program also assists local governments with greenhouse gas emission inventories and climate action planning and implementation. Through the program, customers are presented with a detailed retrofit report that recommends a list of energy efficiency upgrades such as improved lighting, occupancy and daylight sensors, higher efficiency water heaters, the anticipated energy savings, total cost of retrofit, and rebate information for energy efficient installations. The SMC Energy Watch program offers rebates that generally cover 30-100% of the total cost.

Please visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Energy Efficiency website for more information.

Financing
To help finance energy upgrades, water conservation and more, homeowners and commercial property owners throughout the County can take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an affordable, long-term financing option that is repaid on your property taxes over a time period up to 20 years. Property owners receive 100% financing of improvement costs and projects can be cash-flow positive from day one. No up-front cash investment is required. PACE financing can fund solar installation, water conservation, energy efficiency, and more.

Please visit the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability Energy Efficiency website for more information.