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. Rebates range from $250 to $1,000 dollars per replaced gas appliance (or $250 to $4,500 for income-qualified households*). In cases where installing a new electric appliance would require an upgrade to the existing electric service panel, further rebates are available to offset the cost of the additional capacity. This program is available in all areas of Marin County. Electrify Marin is funded by a Grant from the Bay Area Quality Management District.

Rebate amounts for eligible appliances** are as follows:

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

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

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*Income-qualified applicants meet the requirements defined in the APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM INCOME GUIDELINES form.

**Rebates are only available for replacement appliances that meet the criteria listed on the REBATE PRODUCT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATIONS form.

 

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 30% below 1990 levels by 2020. As of 2016, the County has reduced emissions to 21% below 1990 levels. In order to move further toward the 2020 goal, we must address emissions from natural gas.

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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.

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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 here

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)

 

 

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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)

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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.

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 homeowner, and only equipment installed after January 1, 2019 is eligible.

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 here:  

 

Heat Pump Water Heater

Criteria

  • Must meet’s NEEA Tier 3 Advanced Water Heater Specification
  • Must have a Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) of 3.0 or higher*

Central Air Source Heat Pump

Criteria

  • Must be Energy Star certified
  • Must be certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
  • Must have SEER of 18.0 or greater and HSPF of 8.5 or greater†
  • Both the condenser unit and the air handler are new and installed simultaneously

Mini-Split Heat Pumps (ductless or ducted)††

Criteria

  • Must be Energy Star certified
  • 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 18.0 and HSPF 8.5†

Induction Range (Cooktop & Oven)

Criteria

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

Induction Cooktop

Criteria

  • Cooktop must be entirely induction

Service Panel Upgrade

Criteria

  • 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.

 


*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

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

*Income-qualified meet the requirements defined in the APPLIANCE REBATE PROGRAM INCOME GUIDELINES form.

 

How to Apply

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

STEP TWO: Download or print the PROGRAM APPLICATION

STEP THREE: Complete all sections of the PROGRAM APPLICATION

  • Complete Project and Payment Details form.
  • Sign the Program Terms & Conditions form and confirm that you are eligible for a rebate.
  • Complete the Rebate Product Information Specifications form for the new appliance(s).
  • Income Qualification of Verification form (if applying as an income-qualified household).

STEP FOUR: Attach all supporting documentation and download or print FINANCIAL FORMS 

  • Provide proof of purchase – either a retail product receipt or detailed contractor invoice that identifies specific equipment installed.
  • Provide a picture(s) of the appliance(s) being removed.
  • If applicable, provide a copy of the building permit from the local Building Department for installation of new appliance(s).
  • Financial Forms, if applying for rebates totaling over $600 (IRS requirement) including:
    - IRS W9 form
    - Marin Electronic Funds Transfer form, including voided check for direct deposit payment.

 

STEP FIVE: Submit your application to:


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

Phone: 415-473-3069
Fax: 415.473.7880
Email: energy@marincounty.org

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