Eligibility for the SMUD Residential Energy Efficiency Loan ProgramMaking energy efficiency upgrades to your home is an increasingly popular investment for homeowners to consider—and why wouldn’t it be? Everything from double pane window installation to installing a heat pump or a more energy efficient AC unit are all great ways to save money when you’re living in an area like Northern California where our climate includes both hot summers and cool winters that force us to consistently use our HVAC systems. Let’s take a closer look at some of the equipment investments eligible for the SMUD residential energy efficiency loan program:
- Double pane windows: Upgrading to energy efficient double pane windows in your home brings an average reduction in household heating and cooling costs of about $500 annually, according to information from the U.S. Department of Energy. The reason is that poorly sealed windows are one of the most common ways that conditioned air from your HVAC system passes from your home to the outdoors.
- Heat pumps: Installing a hybrid heat pump and propane furnace is a viable choice for Sacramento because that equipment is energy efficient but not suited for regions that are regularly subjected to deep freezes. While it does get cold here, we’re not exactly Chicago or Minnesota.
- Title 24 air conditioners: A Title 24 air conditioner is an AC unit that adheres to our state’s Title 24 residential standards on how energy efficient an AC should be. Since 2008, it’s been mandated that all AC units in California meet these requirements. But, if you haven’t gotten a new HVAC system since then, you’ll need to upgrade. Doing so will make you eligible for the SMUD residential energy efficiency loan program, and will also mean that your AC will burn less power when it runs, saving you money on your monthly power bills.