PACE

In support of the Town’s goal to increase energy and water efficiency, the City Council recently passed resolutions which allow businesses and residents to take advantage of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing.  PACE is a new and innovative way for commercial and residential property owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, on-site renewable energy proj­ects, and water conservation measures. PACE funding is provided or arranged for up to 100 percent of a project’s costs, and is repaid with an assessment on the property tax bill over a term of up to 20 years.  PACE is a national initiative, but programs are locally based and tailored to meet local market needs. Some quick facts:

  • PACE financing is available for all types of commercial, residential, and industrial properties, large and small.
  • Financing approvals are simple, but PACE projects must be permanently affixed to the property and save money for the property owner.
  • Benchmarking, energy audits, and evaluations can be used to ensure that projects make sense.
  • PACE is 100 percent voluntary. In communities that adopt PACE, assess­ments are only paid by participating owners, and only for their own projects.

The approved lenders for Colma include California First, FigtreeHero, and Open Pace. You may contact them directly if you have any questions about their programs.

Bay Area Energy Upgrade

New Rebates Now Available

San Mateo County and the Bay Area Regional Energy Network now offer new programs and rebates for single family homeowners in the Bay Area who make energy-efficient home improvements. Eligible improvements include air and duct sealing; attic and wall insulation; high-efficiency furnaces, cooling and water systems; and more. Homeowners can be eligible for incentives ranging from $300 to $4,500. In addition, a free Home Upgrade Advisor can provide direct one-to-one assistance to help homeowners through every step of the upgrade. Homeowners can contact a Home Upgrade Advisor at 866.878.6008 or www.BayAreaEnergyUpgrade.org. The site also features a list of Participating Contractors for homeowners who are ready to begin their upgrades.

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of public agencies representing all nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. BayREN draws on the experience and expertise of Bay Area local governments to design and implement effective energy savings programs. Visit www.BayREN.org.

Energy Conservation for Residents

How do I save on my energy bills?

Free Homeowner Workshops!

Save on energy costs -  see fliers below for more information! Click here for more information on dates, location, and time!

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (squiggly bulbs) to save on lighting. Ninety percent of the energy used by old incandescent bulbs produces heat, not light.
  • Have your heating ducts professionally sealed to save up to $190 per year.
  • Use fans to make indoor temperatures feel cooler. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • Use PG&E’s free Energy Analyzer to take a quick home energy-efficiency survey for ways to lower your monthly bill.
  • Dress appropriately and comfortably for the weather. Adjust your layers of clothing before adjusting the thermostat.
  • Visit www.pge.com/myhome for rebates for Energy Efficiency and Conservation and more energy savings ideas.

Alternative Forms of Transportation

Many of us are trying alternative forms of transportation for the first time because of the high cost of gasoline and concern about greenhouse gases.  The Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance has lots of information and tools to help solo drivers get out of their cars.  See www.commute.org for more information.  The Town of Colma supports and encourages this change in behavior, however, the Colma Police Department offers the following precautionary information to encourage safety.

Click here for information about Bicycle Safety.

Click here for information about Public Transportation Safety.