SMUD Home Performance Program

Welcome to the SMUD Home Performance Program. The HPP enables homeowners to earn rebates of up to $5,000 ($8,000 for homes with electric heating) when a participating contractor performs a whole-house energy retrofit on the customer’s home.

Program overview

SMUD’s program was developed to help the state reduce energy use, help homeowners reduce their energy bills and increase the comfort of their homes, and help California generate green jobs. Contractors and homeowners who take part in the HPP take a more comprehensive approach to improve the comfort, health, and energy efficiency of a home than a “regular” contractor. Home performance contractors analyze a house “as a system.” Home performance contractors know how to make a home’s individual features become a “whole” that works better than the sum of its parts.

Home performance contractors analyze a customer’s energy bills, look for uneven temperatures in the house, drafts, moisture, mold, mildew, poor indoor air quality, and premature deterioration of building materials. A contractor who is not experienced in building science treats one problem at a time (e.g., installing a larger air conditioner) without recognizing the multiple reasons for the larger-scale problems. But a well-trained home performance contractor performs a comprehensive whole-home assessment to find all the problems, and then prioritizes integrated systems improvements improve living conditions throughout the home.

Home performance contractors are specially trained to implement Building Performance Institute (BPI) standards. BPI is a nationally recognized independent nonprofit organization that promotes home comfort, health, safety, durability, and energy efficiency. Its experts develop and promote national standards to standardize home improvements based on building science and examining the house as a system, rather than by combining individual facets of a house that do not work in harmony. BPI also is an educational, testing, certifying, and accreditation organization that determines whether contractors are qualified to work in the whole house home performance industry. BPI develops and implements quality assurance programs to ensure that whole house contractors’ work adheres to BPI standards. Information about BPI, and the steps necessary to become a BPI certified professional can be found at www.bpi.org. In addition, there is a calendar listing of available BPI training courses at www.cbpca.org.

SMUD requires all of its HPP Participating Contractors to provide excellent customer service for their clients, which requires contractors to explain the HPP process and retrofit project clearly, manage their clients’ expectations, and be in regular contact with their clients.

Note: SMUD reserves the right to change the HPP without notice.  Please continue to read all e-mails, newsletters, any other notices you receive from SMUD or the Program Administrator, and please attend contractor meetings. It is the responsibility of each Participating Contractor to remain up to date on any subsequent changes. The information provided above is current and takes effect immediately. Any future changes supersede this notice.