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Rebate Program Launched to Replace Gas Appliances with High-efficiency Electric Appliances in Residential Buildings

February 1, 2019

SUBJECT: Rebate Program Launched to Replace Gas Appliances with High-efficiency Electric Appliances in Residential Buildings

The County of Marin, in collaboration with the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership (MCEP), has launched a countywide appliance retrofit pilot program, and is providing financial rebates to residents interested in replacing fossil fuel appliances (such as natural gas and propane stoves, water heaters, and furnaces) with high-efficiency electric appliances.

While Marin County’s electricity comes from increasingly renewable sources, such as renewable energy used by Marin Clean Energy and PG&E, the proportion of energy emissions from natural gas has grown. To meet local emission reduction targets, cities are looking to find ways to reduce natural gas use in existing buildings. This pilot program is aimed at removing gas burning appliances, including water heaters and cooktops with all-electric non-combustion versions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase the indoor health and air quality of a household.

This program is now open to single-family homeowners across Marin County, see table below for rebates.

Electrical Appliance Type

Standard Rebate

Income Qualified Rebate

Heat Pump Water Heater

$1,000

$2,000

Heat Pump Space Heater

 

 

Central Heat Pump

$1,000

$4,500

Mini-Split Heat Pump

$800

$3,000

Induction Cooking

 

 

Range (Cooktop & Oven)

$500

$500

Cooktop only

$250

$250

Service Panel Upgrade

$500

$1,200

 

This program is funded through the Bay Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) Climate Protection Grant Program and the County of Marin, and is one of the many programs launched in Marin aimed at reducing local greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on how to go all-electric, contractor trainings on new technologies, and resources for local governments to help permit and raise awareness about electric appliances, go to www.marincounty.org/electrify.