News and Updates

2019 Program Update!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How are our complimentary Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing working out for you?

In this issue you can expect to see:

  • End of Year Reminders
  • 2019 Program Update
  • New Program Look for 2019
  • Complimentary Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing
  • Updated Calculators
  • Additional Eligible Smart Thermostats
  • Go Green Financing Updates

Budget Update

As of now, 57% of the SoCalGas Only program incentive budget is remaining. Budget updates are scheduled to go out twice a month unless stated otherwise. Please contact your account manager to see how you can take advantage of the remaining incentive budget.


End of Year 2018 Reminders

As the end of 2018 fast approaches, please remember to reserve your projects and submit post retrofit information as quickly as possible. Also, please respond promptly to requests for information and review projects currently in Pending Action statuses to see if they are able to proceed and move forward.

The program is working hard to close out as many projects as possible in 2018. We appreciate your cooperation to end the year on a high note for both you and your customers. 

2019 Program Update

SoCalGas would like to confirm that the Home Upgrade Program will return in 2019. The Program will begin accepting reservations again on January 1, 2019. The program will offer incentives on approved projects where measures are purchased and completely installed between January 1 and December 31, 2019.

Please note that projects in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) service territory will continue to receive 100% of the calculated incentive if there are both gas and electric savings associated with the project. Projects served by a municipal utility other than LADWP will receive 30% of the calculated incentive for gas savings.

New Program Look for 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the Home Upgrade program will no longer fall under the umbrella of Energy Upgrade CA. The program will be administered by SoCalGas and will have new branding. All program materials and documents will be updated to reflect this new look.

Contractors will be given a grace period within which to download and begin using documents with the new branding. Stay tuned for more updates.

Reminder: Complimentary Diagnostic Testing and Project Processing

We encourage you to make the most of our limited time free third-party testing and project processing in conjunction with program-approved Raters.

ERE Inspections is already providing post-retrofit diagnostic testing and project processing services to contractors. Take advantage of this opportunity to have these services covered by the program at no cost to you; these savings can help you increase sales by passing discounted pricing on to your customers.

Please note: Raters may also offer special pricing on Advanced Home Upgrade testing and processing – check with your Rater for details.

Contact ERE Inspections at the information below:

ERE Inspections

Roman Leonelli

(310) 807-4800  

Upon meeting program requirements, additional approved Raters will be added, offering you additional options from which to select. 

Reminder: Updated Calculators

The Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade Calculators have been updated to reflect the changes to the SoCalGas only program and are now available for download from the contractors’ website.

Reminder: Additional Eligible Smart Thermostats

Lennox Smart Thermostats (iComfort s30, e30, and m30) join the list of smart thermostats eligible for an incentive in this program. Other models eligible for incentives include qualifying Nest, Ecobee* and Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi* smart thermostats. Please refer to the Info Sheets and Incentive Application forms to view the full list of eligible smart thermostat models.


  • 90-Day Cancellation Policy is still in effect.
  • ICF’s new office address is 49 Discovery Suite 250, Irvine CA 92618. Please update your records.

Go Green Financing Updates

The state-backed REEL program, with $5M in energy efficiency loans and growing, makes it easy to get started in financing.

Home Upgrade rebate availability is changing, and customers will be looking for new ways to make projects more affordable. Financing enables low monthly payments so that your customers can make the upgrades they want – including comprehensive Advanced Home Upgrade projects. The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program offers trusted, state-administered financing, and unparalleled contractor support.

New to offering financing? Check out the key financing terms below, and learn more at

  • Up-Front Costs: Some loans have an origination fee charged by the lender for processing the loan application. REEL has no up-front costs.
  • Prepayment Penalties: With many loans, prepayment penalties are charged if a borrower pays off the loan before the loan’s term. REEL has no prepayment penalties, so customers can pay off their loan early worry-free.
  • Annual percentage rate (APR): The yearly interest rate on the loan, plus the cost of any other charges (for example, annual fees). Using APR to compare different loan packages will help your customer make the right choice for their project. REEL has multiple participating lenders to compare, offering competitive rates!
  • Collateral: Something of value (such as the borrower’s home) that can be used as security if payments are not made and the loan defaults. With REEL, lenders do not require collateral! 
  • Pre-Approval: The process in which a borrower works with the lender to confirm how much they qualify to borrow, before they officially apply. All REEL lenders provide pre-approval within 24 hours of inquiry.

Start talking to your customers about REEL today!

Become a REEL Participating Contractor. It’s fast & free to enroll! Start the online training and application at

Already a REEL Participating Contractor? Inquire about cobranded REEL flyers by emailing your company information and logo to!   

Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects

that can reduce energy use and make homes more comfortable. This statewide program is managed locally by utilities and regional energy networks and directed by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission. Funding comes from utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are effective until the funding is expended or the program is discontinued. Terms and conditions apply. See program rules for details. Programs may be modified or terminated without prior notice. ©2018 Trademarks used with permission and are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.