Electrify Marin

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Electrify Marin - Natural Gas Appliance Replacement Rebate Program

Electrify Marin LogoThe County of Marin is offering rebates to single family property owners for the replacement of natural gas appliances with efficient all-electric units, including water heaters, furnaces, ranges and cooktops. Replacing natural gas appliances with electric models will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality, and make your home a safer environment. In cases where installing a new electric appliance would require replacing the main electric service panel, further rebates are available.

This program is available in all areas of Marin County. See current rebate amounts for eligible appliances.*

Additional rebates for gas-to-electric appliance upgrades are available from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) Home+ Program and TECH Clean California, which include incentives for efficient electric water heating, space heating, cooking, and clothes drying appliances. Marin County residents may receive rebates from all programs simultaneously, however the total of all rebates cannot exceed the total cost of the project.

Questions? Call 415-473-3069 or email energy@marincounty.org.

*Rebates are only available for replacement appliances that meet the criteria listed in the Rebate Requirements section below.


Why Electrify?

With increased availability of renewable electricity in Marin County, natural gas consumption represents a growing proportion of our greenhouse gas emissions. The County's Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. As of 2019, the County has reduced emissions to 21% below 2005 levels, which is equivalent to 7% below estimated 1990 levels. In order to move further toward the 2030 goal, we must address emissions from natural gas.

Chart displays percentage of energy emissions in 2005 versus 2019. In 2005, 57% emissions was from natural gas while 43% emissions was from electricity. In 2019, 80% emissions was from natural gas while 20% emissions was from electricity.

Natural gas used to be considered a cleaner energy alternative, at least when compared to coal. Today, much of our gas is extracted using the highly invasive method of hydraulic fracturing or fracking, which can have significant environmental and agricultural impacts. Electric appliances have become significantly more efficient in recent years, and the increased availability of renewable electricity through PG&E and MCE Clean Energy programs make it possible to efficiently run a household using only electricity from renewable sources.

windmills and solar panels

In homes, natural gas is most commonly used for water heating, space heating, and cooking. In addition to the greenhouse gas emissions that it creates, natural gas use in homes impacts indoor air quality and presents the risk of gas leaks and combustion. Burning natural gas, especially in enclosed spaces indoors, can result in unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and formaldehyde (HCHO). Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University have found that those at greatest risk for exposure to these emissions are cooks and small children. While exhaust systems can help, switching to electric appliances for hot water heating, space heating, and cooking removes the source of these emissions entirely. Read more about this study.

To learn more about home electrification, take a look at the Marin County Electric Home Guide. Contact us if you would like a printed version of this booklet.

Eligible Appliances

Water Heating

In milder climates such as ours, water heating is usually the largest source of natural gas use in homes. Electric heat pump water heaters are highly energy-efficient, using the same technology as refrigerators but in reverse, moving heat from the air into a water tank. Heat pump water heaters can use less than half the energy required by a traditional electric resistance water heater. (more info)

Space Heating

Gas furnaces are another major consumer of natural gas in homes. Heat pump space heaters are an all-electric, energy-efficient alternative. There are different options for houses with and without existing ductwork. Heat pump systems have the ability to heat and cool, provide flexibility for different temperature zones, and are generally a quiet source of temperature regulation. (more info)

Ranges and Cooktops

Gas ranges and cooktops are also common sources of household natural gas use. In addition to the greenhouse gas emissions it creates, cooking with gas affects indoor air quality and presents risks for burns and combustion. Electric induction cooking systems transfer heat from an electromagnetic coil directly to iron cookware. This results in faster cooking times, allows a higher level of temperature control, removes the risk of burns while cooking, and provides ease of cleaning. (more info)

Rebates are available for the replacement and proper removal of natural gas appliances with efficient, all-electric units that meet the criteria outlined in the Rebate Requirements section.

If you are unsure whether your new appliance qualifies for a rebate, contact us at (415) 473-3069 or email energy@marincounty.org.

Rebate Requirements

General requirements

Rebates will only be issued for the replacement of equipment on existing properties (new construction is not eligible for this program). New equipment must replace existing gas-powered equipment. The building must be a single-family residential home located within the County of Marin (multifamily residences may qualify for the MCE Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program). Rebates will be paid directly to the property owner. A copy of the required building permit(s) for the appliance replacement must be provided with the rebate application. Rebate applications must be received within 12 months of purchase of new appliance(s) in order to qualify for incentives.

Equipment requirements

Rebates are available for the replacement and proper removal of natural gas appliances with efficient, all-electric units that meet the criteria outlined below.

Equipment Criteria
Heat Pump Water Heater

Must meet NEEA Tier 3 Advanced Water Heater Specification or higher

Must have a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) of 3.0 or higher*

Must be all-electric

Central Air Source Heat Pump (ducted)

Must be certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)

Must have SEER of 16.0 or greater and HSPF of 8.5 or greater†

Both the condenser unit and the air handler are new and installed simultaneously

New system must be all-electric

Mini-Split Heat Pumps (ductless)††

Must be certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and the matched assembly is a model combination that is listed in the AHRI Directory of Certified Equipment††

All units must meet or exceed SEER 16.0 and HSPF 8.5†

New system must be all-electric

Induction Range (Cooktop & Oven)

Cooktop must be entirely induction

Cannot be dual-fuel (both cooktop and oven must be entirely powered by electricity)

Service Panel Upgrade

Electrical service equipment shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions, the current California Electrical Code, Article 230, and PG&E rules and regulations

Must replace the home's main electric service panel

*Rounding up of UEF is not acceptable
†Rounding up of SEER/HSPF is not acceptable
††Rebate is per matched assembly consisting of one outdoor unit and associated single or multi indoor units

Rebate Amounts

For Applications Received on or after November 1, 2023
Appliance Type Standard Rebate Income Qualified Rebate
Heat Pump Water Heater $500 $2,000
Central Heat Pump (ducted)
$500 $2,000
Mini-Split Heat Pump (ductless)
$500 $2,000
Induction Cooktop or Range $250 $250
Service Panel Upgrade $250 $1,000

To be eligible for increased income qualified rebate amounts, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the income limits for “very low income” as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Area Median Income Limits for Marin County:

Household Size
Annual Income - Very Low

How to Apply

STEP 1: Confirm that the product(s) you are planning to install meet(s) the eligibility requirements in the Rebate Requirements section above.

STEP 2: Download/print and complete all sections of the PROGRAM APPLICATION. Use the checklist on the first page of the application to help you complete all forms and gather all required documentation.

STEP 3: Attach all supporting documentation:

  • Proof of purchase (either a retail product receipt or contractor invoice that identifies specific equipment installed).
  • Provide "before" picture(s) of the appliance(s) being removed, and "after" picture(s) of the new appliance(s).
  • If applicable, provide a copy of the building permit from the local Building Department for installation of new appliance(s).
  • Complete Financial Forms:
    - IRS W9 form (IRS requirement)
    - Marin Electronic Funds Transfer form, including voided check for direct deposit payment (Only required if your rebate is above $600.)

STEP 4: Submit your application:

Via email: energy@marincounty.org

Via mail or in person:

Marin County Community Development Agency
Attn: Electrify Marin - Appliance Rebate Program
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 308
San Rafael, CA 94903

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