Whether you own or rent your home, we can help you use energy more wisely, lower your electricity bill, and protect the planet for future generations.

Heat Pump Water Heaters 

City Light currently offers heat pump water heater and heat pump rebates for residential customers.

Heat Pump Water Heaters (HPWHs), also known as hybrid heat pump water heaters, are the most efficient water heaters available. To assist customers with lowering the cost of buying a heat pump water heater, we provide three ways to receive financial incentives (pick one): 

Rebate option Rebate amount Eligibility 
Homeowner working with a contractor $300 to $500  Qualified installer or contractor
Homeowner DIY at Lowe's or The Home Depot with an instant coupon downloaded in the store $500

Rebate information 

Homeowner DIY installation (rebate form) purchase online or at any retailer that sells HPWHs $500 Qualified list of models and $500 rebate form

Replacing your existing electric water heater with a heat pump water heater is more affordable with our rebate options. Find out more about eligibility, a qualified list of products, different retailers, Do-It-Yourself tips, and participating distributors on our website. 

Heat Pumps

When your contractor purchases a high-efficiency heat pump they can receive a $300 to $600 instant discount per home that they are able to pass on to you in their bid. Contractor instant discounts are available only through participating distributors. Do-it-yourself installations are not eligible for a heat pump rebate. To get started with upgrading your heating and cooling system, contact a qualified installer or contractor. We recommend getting at least three bids to ensure you are receiving the best quality and price. Be sure to ask your contractor about a City Light discount on your project. Learn more about heat pumps on our website.

Other energy-efficiency rebates are offered for City of Seattle customers only: 

$1,500 Oil to Qualified Heat Pump System - Seattle households may use a participating contractor listed on the rebate website and install eligible equipment. The rebate is instantly applied at time of invoice by the contractor. This rebate is offered through the City's Office of Sustainability and Environment. 

Oil-to-Electric (Clean Heat) Program is offered for income-eligible customers -Through the City of Seattle's Office of Housing's new Clean Heat program for homeowners, our goal is to help lower your home's energy usage, and reduce your utility costs by converting your oil furnace to an electric heating system.

Making smart energy choices for your home is easier than you think! Take advantage of City Light's programs and information about energy efficiency to save money.

DIY Energy Audit

Use this Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit to help you learn more about your home's energy use and find ways to use energy wisely and lower your bills.

Heating and Cooling Solutions

Make smart choices at home with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. Learn about ductless heat pumps and heat pump water heaters for the most energy-efficient heating systems on the market. Learn more and find discounts too.

Windows

Upgrading your windows to high-performance, energy-efficient models will improve the comfort of your home, as well as lower your energy bills. Replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR certified windows can reduce an average home's energy bill by 12% according to the US Department of Energy. 

Insulation

Insulation is an extremely effective way to reduce your heating costs, keep your home cool in the summer, and improve comfort overall. Insulation works by slowing the loss of heat from your home during colder months and heat gain during warmer months, providing a layer between your house and the outside air. This layer is measured by R-values, which is a measure of heat resistance. The higher the R-value, the better. Air-sealing a home prior to adding insulation provides significant added benefit. To learn more about the process and benefits of air sealing and insulating your home, check out this information developed by the ENERGY STAR program.

Electric Vehicles

Consider driving an EV - it's cost-effective, eco-friendly, and convenient. And City Light makes it easier with affordable, carbon-neutral electricity, and utility owned public fast-charging stations across our service territory. Learn more and find existing and planned City Light public charging stations near you.

Renewable Energy Options

Options for homeowners include:

  • Rooftop Solar. Learn more about going solar and whether it's the right option for you.
  • Green Up renewable energy credits (RECs). City Light customers can help increase renewable energy generation in our region through the purchase of RECs. Learn more and join Green Up today.

You don't have to own your home to make it more comfortable and efficient. Here are a few ways to help you get started.

Tips for Saving Energy and Money

You can save hundreds of dollars each year by:

  • Turning off lights and replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs
  • Programming your thermostat or setting to a lower temperature when you're away or asleep
  • Decreasing your shower time by just a few minutes
  • Unplugging your DVR, stereo, coffee maker, and other electronics when not in use
  • Using a microwave, slow cooker, or toaster oven instead of a larger oven

Renewable Energy Options

Green Up, allows you to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) to help renewable energy providers stay competitive and grow the renewable energy market in our region. Learn more and join Green Up today.

While we do not provide contractor recommendations or endorsements, we do recommend that you get a minimum of three bids and always check references. Here are a few resources to help you find a contractor for your project:

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters

Hot Water Solutions NW

Energy Star

Home Efficiency Improvement/Heating and Cooling

Comfort Ready Home

Building Performance Institute

Better Built NW

Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Solar Installers

Washington Solar Energy Industries Association