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Savings by Design (Offered by five Utilities)

Savings Category 
Water Heaters
Lighting Controls/Sensors
Heat Pumps
Air conditioners
Processing and Manufacturing Equipment
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Other EE
Maximum Rebate 

Whole Building (owner): $150,000
Whole Building (designer): $50,000
Systems (owner): $150,000
All incentives are limited to 75% of the incremental cost

Program Info
Sector Name 
Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Whole Building Approach (owner)
$0.10 - $0.30/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Whole Building Approach (designer)
$0.033 - $0.10/annualized kWh savings or $0.333/therm
Whole Building Approach (Commissioning/Monitoring/Certification)

10% of Owner Incentive
Whole Building Approach (Design Team Stipend)
Systems Approach
Lighting/Daylighting systems: $0.05/kWh or $100/peak kW
HVAC: $0.15/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Refrigeration: $0.15/annualized kWh savings, $1.00/therm, or $100/peak kW
Envelope: $0.15/annualized kWh savings or $100/peak kW
Hot Water Systems Service: $1.00/therm
Manufacturing Process Projects: $0.09/kWh, $1.00/therm or $100/peak kW
Peak Demand Incentive: $100/peak kW


In conjunction with the California Department of Public Utilities, Savings by Design offers services and incentives to help owners and designers of commercial buildings raise energy performance. Qualified non-residential new construction and renovation projects in the service area of one of the five participating utilities are eligible to participate. The five participating utilities are Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company. Owners and designers are eligible for incentives if the facility's efficiency is 10% better than Title 24 standards.

Savings by Design has two basic approaches through which to participate: the Whole Building Approach and the Systems Approach. Through the Whole Buildings Approach owners may be eligible for incentives of up to $150,000 and design teams may receive up to $50,000. The Systems Approach evaluates individual efficiency improvements to qualifying systems. Incentives are based on annualized kWh savings, therm savings, and peak demand reduction. Owners are eligible for incentives up to $150,000. All technologies are eligible for peak demand incentives, with the exception of hot water systems. In addition, design assistance is available to owners and design teams.

Interested customers must contact the utility early in the design process to determine funding availability and start technical and design assistance. Detailed information, including contact information may be found on the web site listed above.