SDG&E offers the Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program to help property owners make energy efficiency improvements and retrofits to their multifamily properties.
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February 2017

Considering Energy Efficiency Upgrades?
Now is the Time to Act!

The Energy Upgrade California Multifamily program is accepting projects for the 2017 program year.  Property owners are taking advantage of the program benefits of energy upgrades:

  • Incorporating energy efficiency into your renovation plan can increase your property value and return on investment (ROI)
  • Lower utility costs and increased comfort can result in higher resident satisfaction—that means fewer complaints, costly turnovers and unwanted vacancies
  • Prospective residents consider a property’s energy efficiency when making their decision about a new rental home—energy efficiency gives you a competitive edge

Incentive funds are available first-come, first served and these funds are limited. Now is the time to call if you are planning any type of renovation or remodel this year — you can maximize your budget and expand your scope of work to include energy efficiency upgrades using these incentives. To learn more or pre-qualify your property contact Nicole Beaulieu at or call 916-844-0084.

Are you interested in learning more about the 2017 Energy Upgrade California Multifamily Program? Register for our webinar on Thursday, March 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm. 

Community HousingWorks' Cypress Cove Lowers Energy Usage by 22.40%

Originally built in 1977, Cypress Cove is a 27-building, 200-apartment affordable housing community in the City of Escondido. Community HousingWorks (CHW) acquired the property in 2014 and made a renovation plan to address the considerable deferred maintenance with a priority on energy and water savings. 

Energy Upgrade Description
Focused on sealing the building envelope, CHW installed new roofs and dual-pane, vinyl windows. In addition, all of the apartments received new HVAC, and approximately 25% of the units received substantial kitchen remodels with high efficiency appliances. In addition to energy efficiency upgrades, CHW installed a solar domestic hot water system to replace dilapidated carports, remodeled the previously closed community center, and improved landscaping and play areas.

Cypress Cove Case StudyBenefits of Energy Upgrades
After sealing the building envelope, the project team reports improved resident comfort and air quality. In addition, the appearance of the building was enhanced by the new roof and windows. Participation in Energy Upgrade’s Multifamily program allowed the Cypress Cove Apartments to become more energy efficient community lowering overall operating costs for the owner while helping residents realize lower monthly utility costs.

Click to download a pdf version of this case study.

Additional SDG&E Programs for Multifamily Properties

Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP)
  • No cost in-unit energy efficiency upgrades
  • Available for residents at or below 200% federal poverty guidelines
  • Includes: lighting, window and door replacement, refrigerators, microwaves, water heaters, clothes washer, insulation, weather-stripping and caulking.
Residential Direct Install (RDI)
  • No cost in-unit energy efficiency upgrades
  • Available for residents at 201%-300% of federal poverty guidelines
  • Includes: water-saving measures, lighting, duct sealing and AC maintenance.
Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate Program (MFEER)
  • No cost or low cost in-unit and common area energy efficiency upgrades
  • No income requirements
  • Includes: lighting, water-saving measures, duct sealing, AC maintenance, laundry and pool pumps
Power Your Drive – Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • Subsidized EV charging stations at $235/port in multifamily properties with a minimum of 5 ports per property
  • No cost for properties located in Disadvantaged Communities
  • SDG&E owns, operates and maintains the stations and handles customer billing
For more information on any of the SDG&E programs above, please contact Nicole Beaulieu at or call 910-844-0084.
Upcoming Industry Events & Workshops
South Bay Sustainability Fair
Thursday, February 16 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
901 National City Blvd.
National City Chamber of Commerce
National City, CA 91950


Local Resources for Affordable Housing
Tuesday, February 21 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Road #200
San Diego, CA 92106 

Portfolio Manager 101
Tuesday, February 21 | 10:00 AM


Portfolio Manager 201
Wednesday, February 22 | 10:00 AM


Portfolio Manager 301
Thursday, February 23 | 10:00 AM


101 How To Kick Off Your Energy Savings Program
Tuesday, March 14 |  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117
Click for a list of Energy-Efficiency & Water-Saving Rebates
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