Sustainability Programs For Residents

Community Development Agency

Programs for Residents

California Youth Energy Services (CYES)

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CYES is a program of Rising Sun Energy Center, a green workforce development non-profit organization that has provided residential efficiency services in the Bay Area since 2000. For seven weeks each summer, Rising Sun hires young adults ages 15 to 22, and trains them to serve communities across the Bay Area with no-cost Green House Calls.


Sign up today for your no-cost "Green House Call" and receive:

  • Home energy and water efficiency assessment
  • Energy-efficient LED light bulbs (A19 and BR30)
  • Advanced Smart Powerstrip - Tier II (while supplied last!)
  • Water-efficient devices for showers and faucets
  • Toilet leak detection tips
  • Energy and water conservation tips to help you save money on utility bills
  • Solar assessment
  • An energy saving gift!

This program is available for any homeowner or renter of any income level. 

Click to schedule a NO COST Green House Call or call (510) 665-1501 ext. 5. For more information, please view our Green House Call video.

Rising Sun Energy Center is also hiring for summer position on the California Youth Energy Services team. They are currently hiring youth and adults for a variety of summer positions. Learn more about summer jobs.

PG&E's Home Money Saver

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PG&E's Home Money Saver offers rebates to residents who install energy efficient items.

Low-Income Energy Assistance and Loan Programs

Visit our Low Income Assistance Programs Page that highlights special assistance and loan programs for income-qualified residents.

Programs for Homeowners

Home Energy Score

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Home Energy Score is a rating system that generates a "score" between 1 and 10 that informs homeowners about the efficiency levels in their homes compared to similarly sized homes across the county. The score comes with recommendations on what homeowners can do to improve their score and save more energy. A Home Energy Score is designed to take less time (about 1-2 hours) and cost less than a whole-home assessment with the Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade rebate program and no blower door or duct blaster tests are required. You can start looking for certified Home Energy Score assessors here

If you are a home inspector, home energy rater, HVAC contractor, or home performance contractor and are interested in becoming a Home Energy Score assessor, visit our For Contractors page.

Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade

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Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade is a rebate program for homeowners that are looking to improve their home's energy efficiency. Eligible rebate measures include installing efficient windows, upgrading furnace and HVAC systems, sealing/replacing ducts, improving insulation, and more.


Right now, Marin homeowners can take advantage of up to $6,800 in rebates for doing an energy efficient home improvement project. Visit our Home Upgrade page to learn more or start browsing a list of certified contractors.

Home Upgrade Advisors

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The Home Upgrade Advisors offer free technical support and guidance for homeowners looking to make energy efficient home upgrades and take advantage of rebates. The Home Upgrade Advisors are Building Performance Institute certified energy professionals that can answer questions about your home's energy use, potential money-saving improvements, and all of the energy efficiency related rebate programs in your area. They can also help you select a contractor, review bids, and identify financing options. Give them a call today at (866) 878-6008.


PACE Financing

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing allows property owners to secure upfront funding for energy efficiency, water efficiency, renewable energy, and seismic improvement projects which are repaid through an up to 20-year special line item on their property taxes - instead of traditional consumer credit. The program is open to property owners in all Marin jurisdictions and unincorporated Marin County. Visit our Energy Financing page for more information.

Marin Solar Program

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Visit our solar page for information on Marin County solar installations and resources for property owners looking to go solar.


Marin Green Building Program

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Visit the Marin Green Building Page for information on the Wood Stove Rebate Program, green building requirements for remodel and new construction projects, and the Construction and Demolition Reuse and Recycling Ordinance. 


Building Community

Resilient Neighborhoods

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The Resilient Neighborhoods program has helped 550 Marin residents save money, make families safer, and reduce over 2.6 million pounds of carbon emissions. The program is fun and effective because it's done with a team of households. Each household goes on a low-carbon diet to reduce 5,000 lbs. in 10 weeks. At five facilitated meetings, team members learn about actions they can take to trim energy and waste, drive ecologically, and prepare their homes and neighborhoods for emergencies. The program works well even for people who have already done a lot. You can sign up for a team or get more information on the Resilient Neighborhoods website, or contact them directly via email.



"Welcome to Your Home" Kit

This 12-page booklet contains everything information on sustainability related programs available in Marin County. 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.

Link to the Welcome to Your Home Kit

For Your HOA, Congregation, or Community Group

Our office is available to come out and present sustainability program information to your community group. Presentations can be catered towards residents (homeowners and renters), industry (realtors or contractors), and businesses. Contact us to learn more.

San Rafael Home Upgrade Case Study

Read about this San Rafael family's experience with upgrading their furnace and duct system. They were able to secure a $1,900 rebate through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and Energy Upgrade California™ Home Upgrade and now have a modern heating system that is quiet, efficient, and supplies better air quality to the home.