Contractors

Become a Participating Home Upgrade Contractor

Participating Contractors are essential partners in helping homeowners save energy and save money with energy efficiency upgrades. Skilled whole-home and specialty contractors are encouraged to become part of the Home Upgrade network.

As a Participating Contractor, you’ll receive training, which SDG&E will provide at no cost, and mentoring opportunities to increase your marketability and competitive edge.

Benefits

  • Listing in an online directory that is the go-to resource for energy efficiency projects in the SDG&E service territory
  • Connections to homeowners looking for energy efficiency improvements
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Technical training, including Home Performance Assessment Skills and Home Energy Modeling courses, provided at no charge by SDG&E 

Eligibility

  • Have a California contractor’s license appropriate to the scope of work required for performing Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade projects
  • Meet insurance and bonding requirements
  • Employ or subcontract with at least one person who holds an active BPI Building Analyst (BA) certification. Additional BPI certifications and company BPI Accreditation is strongly encouraged. Please refer to the website for a list of BPI certified individuals.
  • Complete a Contractor Participation Agreement or a Rater Participation Agreement.

Program Overview

HU EECP User Guide

HU Advanced EECP User Guide

Home Upgrade

Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade provides assistance and incentives for home improvement projects that can increase energy efficiency and make homes more comfortable. Managed locally by San Diego Gas & Electric, and supported by the California Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, Home Upgrades are provided by participating Home Performance Contractors.

Key Features

  • Address the envelope of the home before properly sizing the cooling and heating systems
  • Meet a minimum  value of $1,000, plus install a minimum combination of three energy-efficient measures for customer to be eligible for incentives
  • Install a minimum of one of three base measures
  • Add a shell measure if you and the customer decide a heating and/or cooling system upgrade is needed
  • Complete air leakage, duct leakage (optional) and combustion safety testing after the Confirmation of Incentive Reservation is approved

Advanced Home Upgrade

Key Features

  • Customize the scope of work to each home
  • Determine the total energy savings using approved modeling software
  • Address the envelope of the home before properly sizing the cooling and heating systems
  • Meet a minimum energy reduction of 10 percent by installing a combination of qualifying energy-efficient measures for customer to be eligible for incentives
  • Install a minimum of one of three base measures
  • Complete air leakage (optional), duct leakage (optional) and combustion safety testing before and after the improvements are installed

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