Our SMART Energy Program helps you save money and help the environment. Get rebates for purchasing and installing attic insulation, boilers, furnaces, efficient refrigerators, washing machines, and so much more. Even with our carbon neutral electric portfolio, participating in a rebate program can help to lower your utilities bill.
Our Water Efficiency Programscan help you use water as efficiently as possible and save money on water and energy costs. We have water wise audits as well as rebates for high efficiency toilets, clothes washers, low water use landscaping and more.
Interested in learning how you can easily reduce your home energy and water use? Take advantage of our FREE workshops held throughout the year!
Workshops with a variety of topics are held throughout the year, such as:
Green building techniques
Easy DIY home energy efficiency
Whole home sustainable water management
Water efficient landscaping basics
Tree care in water conserving landscapes
Plant selection and irrigation for different garden needs
Smart and attractive alternatives to lawn
Less-toxic pest control
Plus, don't miss an open house or tour of our EcoHome!
Visit our workshops page for details on all current events.
Although Palo Alto’s electric supply is now carbon neutral, it still makes a lot of sense to make energy efficiency improvements at your home!
Benefits when you improve efficiency:
• You get the personal benefit of money savings from reduced electric charges on your utilities bill! • You help reduce the environmental costs for new transmission lines to bring energy from remote generators. • You help reduce the amount of renewable energy the City must buy for the community, and since all renewable energy sources have some environmental impact (wind and birds, solar and desert tortoises, etc.), using less power from ANY energy facility reduces our impact on the environment. • You help reduce peak demand on hot summer afternoons for the entire statewide energy system. That means not turning on older, inefficient and polluting generators often needed to meet that peak demand. Even though Palo Alto doesn’t buy this “brown” energy, others in the state do and so not having to turn those generators on is an environmental plus for all Californians. Other Rebates and Programs
WATER--DROUGHT UPDATE--Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines Read the latest updates on current water use regulations, drought conditions and what Palo Alto Utilities is asking customers to do. Learn what is happening at the State, regional and local levels. Check out all the free services, rebates and other resources to help you use water efficiently. [more]
The Second Annual Great Race for Saving Water Makes a Splash! A crowd of fun runners, walkers and festivity-goers showed up on April 19 to rally behind a good cause - water conservation. The fun didn't stop there - raffle prizes, live music, food, arts & crafts, free goodies from sponsors - view our photos and check back here for details on next year's event! [more]
Right Tree-Right Place Program Trees and power lines can co-exist! If you have a private tree conflicting with power lines, you have several options, including possible free removal and rebates for replacement. [more]