County residents offered $2,500 in rebates to install all-electric heat pump water heaters

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San Mateo County residents who replace their methane gas water heater with all-electric heat pump water heaters on their properties can receive at least $2,500 in rebates.

Replacing a methane gas water heater of any size qualifies for $1,500 rebate from Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) and an additional $1,000 rebate from the BayREN Home+ program. PCE offers additional rebates of up to $1,500 for electrical panel upgrades if needed to run the new water heater, and another $1,000 for income-qualified residents who participate in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) plans.

“Rebates will be given for heat pump water heaters that are installed by participating BayREN contractors on or after Jan. 1 of this year,” according to PCE.

Residential water heating “accounts for more than a quarter of methane gas emissions from buildings in San Mateo County,” according to PCE.

“Methane gas is one of the most potent pollutants helping to create devastating climate change and residential water heating is a big culprit in creating those emissions,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “These rebates, paired with emission-free power provided to all our customers, should make a sizable dent in solving that problem in our communities.”

More details are available at here.

Photo of utility room with a heat pump water heater courtesy of Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon