Contractor Training Helps Companies Grow Business in Energy Efficiency and Connect Homeowners to Rebates

As part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), San Mateo County invites contractors to attend a free two-day training session March 20-21 at Skyline College to learn how to grow their business, market energy efficiency, and become a participating contractor in Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade, a regional energy efficiency rebate program.Presentation1

“The Home Upgrade program is a win-win for contractors and homeowners,” said Board of Supervisors President Dave Pine. “Older homes in San Mateo County are ripe for energy efficiency upgrades, and through this training contractors can learn how to incorporate energy efficiency and home performance into their business. Homeowners will not only receive rebates for these upgrades, they’ll also enjoy more comfortable homes year round while saving energy.”

The free two-day workshop is the first required step for contractors to become a Home Upgrade participating contractor. The regional Home Upgrade program offers homeowners rebates for installing energy efficiency improvements such as attic insulation, duct sealing, gas or electric water heater, and high efficiency air conditioning.

For companies that already focus on HVAC, insulation, water heaters, home weatherization, or energy efficiency work, the training will show how best to market the Home Upgrade program throughout the nine-county Bay Area and give valuable insight into home performance.

Upcoming Trainings for Contractors
March 20-21 at Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066
April 24-25 at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Complimentary breakfast and lunch both days.

Registration is required: or call (866) 878-6008

In addition, San Mateo County will host a free Home Upgrade workshop for homeowners on how energy efficiency can make homes more comfortable, save energy, and save money. Rebates of $1,000 to $4,500 are available to homeowners for Home Upgrades and Advanced Home Upgrades, with an additional $300 rebate for a home energy assessment. The workshop is open to all Bay Area homeowners.

Upcoming Workshop for Homeowners
March 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Burlingame Library – Lane Community Room, 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
6:45 to 7 p.m. Registration and light refreshments
Homeowners can RSVP for the workshop online:

Rebates and incentives are offered for a limited time through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties within the San Francisco Bay Area. Homeowners and contractors are encouraged to get involved early to reserve rebates.

To learn more, visit or call a Home Upgrade Advisor at (866) 878-6008 with any questions about homeowner rebates or contractor trainings.

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