This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

May 19, 2004

Popular PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates Running Low on Funds

Photo of three spiral-design compact fluorescent bulbs.

Northern and central Californians can still earn rebates on compact fluorescent bulbs.
Credit: DOE

Homeowners and apartment building managers in northern and central California are clearly enthusiastic about energy efficiency. In fact, they're so enthusiastic that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is already running out of funds for many of this year's residential rebates for energy efficient products. PG&E has received "an overwhelming response" to its rebate program for multifamily property management (that is, apartments, townhouses, and the like), and is not accepting any more applications. The utility has also run out of rebate funds for energy-efficient dishwashers, room air conditioners, natural-gas-fueled furnaces, water heaters, dual-paned windows, and attic and wall insulation. According to the PG&E rebate Web site, funds for programmable thermostats are nearly gone, but your odds are better if you want to buy an energy-efficient clothes washer, central air-cooling system, whole-house fan, central heat pump, or a pool pump and motor. And last but not least, rebates are still available for one of the best buys when it comes to energy efficiency: lighting products that are Energy-Star qualified. See PG&E's "Rebates for Your Home."

California's other large utilities don't appear to be facing the same funding problems. Southern California Edison (SCE) is still accepting applications for multi-family housing rebates, and as of May 1st, the utility still has 75 percent of its funds for home energy efficiency rebates. San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) also appears to be accepting applications for all of its rebate programs. See the SCE and SDG&E Web sites.