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Get pumped for a heat pump water heater!

Most existing homes in the San Francisco Bay Area have water heaters that run on natural gas. Gas water heaters are typically a home’s single biggest source of emissions that are damaging to air quality and the environment. Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is offering rebates to our single-family and multi-family household customers to upgrade their water heaters to a clean and electric.

What is so special about a Heat Pump Water Heater?

Typical water heaters burn fossil fuels to warm water – but that is old news.  Heat Pump Water Heaters move heat from one place to another to warm water. Why is that so cool (pun intended)?  By moving existing heat, Heat Pump Water Heaters use clean electricity and are highly efficient, instead of burning natural gas, which pollutes homes and the environment.

As a customer of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, your new Heat Pump Water Heater will provide hot water to your sinks, showers and washing machines using electricity from carbon-free sources. Overall, this technology saves energy, improves safety and adds comfort!

heat pump water heater in garage

How the FutureFit Heat Pump Water Heater Program Works

1. RESERVE A REBATE. Submit a completed “Reservation Request” packet. SVCE will approve the application, reserve rebate for up to 90 days and will send an email confirming reservation.

2. START THE PROJECT. Utilize the Appliances Assistant or another retailer to select a heat pump water heater with Uniform Energy Factor (UEF) 2.9 or greater. Apply for a building permit, then install the necessary equipment.

3. SUBMIT REBATE REQUEST. After the project is installed and inspected by your local jurisdiction, submit a “Payment Request” packet.

4. RECEIVE THE REBATE. Upon post-installation review, SVCE will send an email notification. Rebate is paid and mailed to the customer or contractor, or split between them.

Rebate Details

SVCE will award rebates up to the dollar amounts described below. Rebates are not to exceed project costs.

Heat Pump Water Heater Rebates – UEF 2.9 or greater

Replacing Existing Natural Gas Water Heater
$2,000
Replacing Existing Electric Resistance Water Heating
$1,000

Additional Rebate Add-Ons

Optional Service Panel Upgrade (existing panel <200A)
+$1,500
CARE/FERA Customers
+$1,500

Request a Rebate Payment

Use the form below in order to provide the necessary information to request a rebate payment for your newly installed heat pump water heater.

Find a Contractor and Learn About Best Practices

The Buyers Guide and contractor lists can help you get started on your water heater home upgrade. While SVCE does not maintain a preferred contractor list, you may find contractors who participated in SVCE’s heat pump water heater pilot program within the Reservation Tracker below and contractors from other regional programs.

Ready to Purchase a New Water Heater?

Learn how a heat pump water heater is an essential part of an all-electric FutureFit home at the eHub and shop through a selection of heat pump water heaters at the Appliances Assistant .

Additional Resources

– Energy Star – energystar.gov/products/water_heaters/heat_pump_water_heaters

– California Air Resources Board – arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/combustf.htm 

– Contractors State License Board – cslb.ca.gov