Residential Energy Programs

This page describes how Thousand Oaks residents can lower their energy bills, make their homes more comfortable and install renewable solar energy systems using different tools and programs administered by local and State agencies and utility companies.


Energy Conservation Tips & Resources

SoCal Gas provides resources to help consumers save energy. You can also get tips from the SCE Home Energy Guide and the SCE Home Energy Advisor. Many Rebates are also available for making energy efficiency upgrades, including purchasing more efficient appliances and heating or cooling systems. The easy summer energy saving tips article on our GoGreen blog also provides tips for saving money on your home energy bills during the summer and year round.


Renewable Energy and Efficiency Financing

The City of Thousand Oaks participates in the CaliforniaFIRST Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program for renewable energy installation, energy efficiency upgrades and water conservation improvements, partnering with local institutions to provide affordable property-assessed financing options for home and business owners. The PACE financing providers with whom the City has partnered include: the AllianceNRG Program, Renewable Funding LLC, Renovate America, Inc., Figtree, Ygrene and the Western Riverside Council of Governments' Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program. Thousand Oaks also participates in the emPower Central Coast program, which makes home energy upgrade projects easier and more affordable through incentives, financing, qualified contractors and expert energy advice.

Prices for installing solar energy systems have come way down, so there's never been a better time to go solar, lower your energy bills AND reduce your carbon footprint. If you want more information about going solar before investing, download our Frequently Asked Questions about Buying a Solar Electric System. You can also refer to the Solar Use in Thousand Oaks Interactive Map to see how many solar projects have already been installed in the City.


Southern California Edison Programs

Personalize your energy savings with SCE's free Home Energy Advisor.  It begins with a detailed analysis of your household energy use, provides customized recommendations on ways to save and serves as a valuable tool, tracking your progress, updating your actions, and illuminating your savings. The SCE Home Energy Guide offers tips for saving energy. Sign up for these free services and start your customized savings program today.

SCE is introducing a new Green Rate for residential and non-residential customers. With Green Rate, customers can enroll in the program and SCE will purchase green power from local independent companies on behalf of the customer for a portion or all of their electricity. SCE has program fact sheets and a Green Rate Kiosk for more program information.


More Renewable Energy Resources

Additional information on renewable energy programs, rebates, incentives and contractors can be obtained from:

  • California Energy Commission: (800) 555-7794, http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/ The Energy Commission is the State's primary energy policy and planning agency. Their website offers information on energy choices, seasonal consumer tips, videos, rebates and incentives.
  • California Solar Energy Industries Association: (800) 225-7799, http://www.calseia.org/ Find a trusted solar professional, rebates and incentives and  home estimates.
  • Go Solar California!: (800) 799-4177, www.gosolarcalifornia.org/index.php This campaign is a joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, providing California consumers a "one-stop shop" for information on solar programs, rebates, tax credits, and information on installing and interconnecting solar electric and solar thermal solutions.
  • Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance: (805) 289-3335, http://vcenergy.org/ VCREA is a Joint Powers Authority composed of public agencies working in collaboration to address good energy stewardship in the Ventura County Region. The City of Thousand Oaks is a member.
  • Energy Upgrade California is your one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use, conserve water and natural resources, and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Visit the website to plan your upgrade projects, locate participating contractors and find rebates and incentives.
    Energy Upgrade California
  • CoolCalifornia.org helps you estimate your carbon footprint and provides links to rebates offered by local utilities, state programs and private institutions.
  • Energy Star: Save Energy At Home a voluntary energy efficiency labeling program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, also provides energy-saving advice on its website.

Notes From Workshops
Home Energy Conservation Forum

On October 2, 2013, the City Council On Aging brought together experts from Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company to share tips on saving energy, lowering your energy bill and information on local customer assistance programs. Experts also covered solar installation, incentives and financing options.
Click here for a PDF of the entire presentation. Click this link to view a video of the meeting in its entirety.  (Under "Available Program Library" Click 'Council On Aging' and then click the October 2, 2013 meeting link.)

Solar and Energy Savings Workshops

A City sponsored workshop in February 2015 outlined empower Energy & Water Efficiency programs and provided a case study of a home energy upgrade in Santa Paula. The City also hosted a solar energy workshop the same day, partnering with Pick My Solar, which assembles solar packages for residential customers and seeks out the lowest bidder for the work.