City of Plymouth Energy Action Plan (EAP)
On March 26, 2015, the City of Plymouth accepted the Energy Action Plan (EAP) as the City’s roadmap for expanding energy-efficiency, renewable-energy, and the cost-savings that accompany these efforts. To view the document, please click here.
We use energy every day in our homes and offices to power our lights, appliances, heating and cooling systems, and other electronic devices. Energy efficient practices allow us to enjoy the comfort and performance of these modern conveniences while keeping our energy use, and our utility bills, low. Upgrades can make a huge difference in your energy bills. Replacing an older, energy-intensive refrigerator with an efficient EnergyStar® rated appliance or outdated compact fluorescent bulbs with highly efficient LEDs are just a couple changes that produce drastic savings. Home weatherization improvements, like changing out single-paned windows with double-paned, offer better insulation and can reduce the costs of heating or cooling your home.
Making your home or business more energy efficient is easier than ever before with a variety of rebate and incentive programs. Click the following links to learn more about existing programs that can help increase your energy efficiency:
Access the latest rebate information, catalog, and buyers guide for your next energy efficient upgrade with this interactive home money saver tool.
Use PG&E’s Home Energy Checkup to find out where the energy in your home is being used, and find out more information about projects, rebates and programs that can help make your home more energy efficient and lower your monthly energy costs.
The Energy Savings Assistance Program provides income qualified customers with energy saving improvements at no charge.
Project Go-Inc. administers the low-income home energy assistance and weatherization assistance programs in Plymouth.
SNEW, administered by Sierra Business Council, delivers cost effective energy efficiency projects to businesses, non-profits, and governments in 14 counties across the Sierra Nevada region including Amador County. Over 1500 PG&E customers have taken advantage of this program since 2010.
PG&E offers non-residential customers rebates and incentives for a variety of energy efficient products for companies, including lighting, HVAC, boilers and water heating, refrigeration, business computing, and more. A full list of current rebates can be found using the PG&E money back tool.
PACE is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy fixtures on existing structures. In areas under PACE legislation, municipal governments offer a specific bond to investors and then loan the money to consumers and businesses looking to fund a retrofit. Loans are typically paid out over an assigned term of 15-20 years via an annual assessment on the property tax bill. The PACE program was adopted by the City of Plymouth on March 26, 2015
Renewable energy is energy that comes from natural resources, such as sunlight, wind, water, biomass, and geothermal activity. Local renewable energy projects can benefit the City of Plymouth by creating solar contracting jobs and generating energy from sources that are abundant and widely available.
The Solar Roadmap is used to understand what actionable steps will be the most cost-effective for the community as it transitions to renewable energy. Each goal is designed for easy implementation and is prioritized for Plymouth. It provides resources for business and residence owners to learn more about solar opportunities.
Follow these links to learn more about incentives and financing options for PG&E customers who are looking to upgrade to solar energy and save:
- PG&E Solar and Renewables
- PG&E Solar Water Heating
- PG&E Financing Options for Solar and Renewable Energy Systems
This partial exemption from state sales and use tax applies to solar photovoltaic systems that are primarily used to power farm equipment and machinery. Qualifying systems can be connected to the local electricity grid and used to offset the farm's electricity use via a net metering agreement with the local utility. This tax exemption is also applicable to wind machines and could apply to other energy efficient farm equipment.
Water Energy Conservation
There is significant energy used in the transportation and treatment of water. As California approaches its 5th year of drought, reducing water waste helps us conserve the limited water we have, as well as save the energy needed to deliver it. For more information on how you can conserve water and energy in your home or business, visit WaterSense Indoors and Outdoors. You can also find information about the California Drought Rebate Program here.
Amador Water Agency (AWA)
AWA offers free water-conserving shower heads, faucet aerators and toilet conservation kits to AWA customers. They also provide a simple Home Water Audit that customers can complete to save water and money.