Energy Conservation & Renewables
Are you looking for ways to reduce energy waste and save money? Below are some regional programs, tips, and information to help lower your utility bill and increase clean local energy.
Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Weatherization
Did you know that approximately 80% of the houses in La Mesa were built before insulation and other energy saving measures were required? This means higher energy bills and more heating and cooling needs. But with a few simple upgrades, you can reduce energy waste, drive down emissions, and save money.
- See how you compare to your neighbors by assessing the energy efficiency of your home.
- Complete a DIY home energy audit to find low and no-cost energy saving measures. Follow these steps to get started.
- If you’re planning efficiency upgrades you may be eligible for additional incentives and tax credits. Don’t leave money on the table - be sure to explore current programs that can reduce costs before getting started.
- Are you a low income resident? You may be eligible for additional incentives and discounts. Check out SDG&E’s energy efficiency assistance program, GRID Alternatives and California’s Low Income Weatherization Program for more information and eligibility requirements.
Are you interested in going solar, but not sure where to look or what to ask? Here are a few resources to get you started.
- Take a free class with the Center for Sustainable Energy. They’ll cover the fundamentals of solar electricity and solar water heating for residential customers. You’ll learn how to reduce or eliminate your electric and gas bill with clean power and find credible solar contractors in your area.
- Explore online resources from GoSolar and SDG&E. Learn about Net Energy Metering, tax credits, and more!
Did you know the City offers expedited permitting for solar projects? Check eligibility and other requirements here.
Renewable Energy + Battery Storage
If you're already exploring solar, this is also the time to consider pairing your solar system with a large battery. Solar plus energy storage allows you to capture the excess energy produced by your solar panels during the day, so you can use that energy at night. California offers incentives through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) to offset the installation costs of clean, efficient technologies that are designed to meet all or a portion of a customer’s electric energy needs. When paired with federal tax credits, energy storage projects for your home and businesses can be very cost effective. Learn more today.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Property owners in La Mesa are eligible to participate in Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE programs allow the financing of renewable energy, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, energy efficiency or water conservation projects, and more through a voluntary assessment on your tax bill. Multiple PACE provides are available for both residential and commercial/industrial property owners (complete list here). Learn more here.
The City is committed to doing our part to reduce energy waste through lighting retrofits and other efficiency measures. All City-owned street lights and traffic lights are upgraded with energy efficient LED and induction technologies, leading to an estimated 50% cost savings. Interior lights are being upgraded with new fluorescent fixtures, and more. Explore our Energy Roadmap for more projects and energy saving opportunities in the works.
SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group - The Energy Working Group (EWG) provides input and feedback on issues related to the Regional Energy Strategy and tasks of the Regional Energy Planning Program. The EWG comprises a mix of elected officials, business organizations, environmental groups, regional schools/universities, transit and transportation expertise and regional energy expertise from the Energy Policy Initiative Center at USD Law School, San Diego Gas and Electric and the California Center for Sustainable Energy. Councilmember Parent represents East County San Diego on the EWG.