Sustainability Programs For Realtors

Community Development Agency

As a Marin County Realtor, you are a valued informational resource to your clients. Be able to provide them with the most up-to-date information on home improvement rebates and resources regarding energy efficiency and green building practices.


Home Energy Score


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Home Energy Score is a home rating system that generates a "score" between 1 and 10. The score indicates how efficient a home is compared to comparable-sized homes. Home Energy Score was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and draws data from homes all over the Country. In the Bay Area, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network provides a $250 rebate for each home scored. Home Scores provide homeowners with valuable information on their how efficient their home is and what steps can be taking to improve efficiency and comfort.


A Home Score can be performed by a range of building industry professionals including general, HVAC, and home performance contractors, home inspectors, energy raters, and Realtors. Certified Home Energy Score Assessors must go through required training and pass an evaluation in order to provide Home Scores to the public. To learn more about Home Energy Score, the $250 BayREN rebate, and how to become a Certified Home Energy Score Assessor, visit the Home Energy Score website, or call (866) 878-6008.

Home Upgrade

Whether your client is buying or selling their home, making energy efficient improvements can be a great value add to a property. On top of lower utility costs, improving a home's efficiency can improve the level of comfort (by adding insulation and eliminating drafts), improve air quality (by sealing/replacing ducts), and give your clients the peace of mind that they are lowering their greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade rebate program is a great resource for homeowners looking to make efficiency improvements. Right now, homeowners can take advantage of up to $6,800 in rebates and receive free technical support through the third-party Home Upgrade Advisor service.

Rebate Program Details

Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade offers two rebate paths: Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade. Visit our Home Upgrade page to learn more or view the flyers below for more information (feel free to print and share with clients!).

Home Upgrade Advisors

The Home Upgrade Advisor service is a free resource for Bay Area homeowners that are interested in energy efficiency. They are comprised of Building Performance Institute certified energy professionals and they can answer all questions relating to home energy efficiency, building performance, and regional rebate and incentive programs. They are sponsored by the Home Upgrade rebate program and are not connected to any single company or contractor, this allows them to offer objective, third-party advice to homeowners.

The Home Upgrade Advisors can be a useful tool for Realtors when clients have technical questions regarding efficiency and building performance or the specifics of the Home Upgrade program. The Home Upgrade Advisors can be reached toll-free at (866) 878-6008.

"Welcome to Your Home" Kit 

This 12-page booklet contains everything a new homeowner would want to know when moving into a new home.

Information includes: how to go solar, energy efficiency programs and rebates, how to find your waste hauler, water conservation, community volunteering opportunities, and more. View the online PDF below or call our office to request a hard copy (415) 473-2698.

Front Page of Welcome to Your Home Kit

Home Value and Energy Efficiency Studies

Energy efficient homes benefit occupants with lower utility costs and better livability in terms of comfort and air quality; they are also more valuable and marketable in the housing market. And with green building practices becoming more mainstream, there is a lot of data available that points to growing demand for the transparency of information regarding home utility bills. Similar to how miles-per-gallon informs car-buying consumers, home-buyers want to know the expected operating costs before purchasing a home.

A joint UCLA and Cal Berkeley study from 2012 examined 1.6 million sales transactions in California and found evidence that, holding other factors constant, a green label on a single family home provides a 9 percent market premium compared to similar homes without labels. The green labels examined in this study include LEED for Homes, Energy Star, and GreenPoint Rated. Read the U.S. Green Building Council article and find the study here.

This EPA funded study published by The Appraisal Journal titled "Evidence of Rational Market Valuations for Home Energy Efficiency" found that residential home values increased by $10 to $25 for every $1 reduction in annual fuel bills.