Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program

Apply for the ESA Program to receive no-cost home energy upgrades.

No Cost Energy Savings

About the ESA Program

Whether you rent or own, the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) program can provide no-cost energy-efficient home improvements that save you money and make your home more comfortable.

How to Enroll

  1. Review the “Program Eligibility” details below to see if you qualify.
  2. Submit the ESA Interest Form. To claim more potential savings, you can also take an optional home survey. 
  3. An ESA program specialist will contact you to confirm your eligibility and schedule an in-home visit and assessment with a contractor.
  4. A contractor will complete an in-home assessment and provide upgrade options.
  5. Once upgrades are confirmed, the contractor will return to your home to install your home improvements. You may have an additional visit for inspection of new improvements.

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Program Eligibility

To qualify for the ESA program, you must …

  • Have an active SDG&E service account.
  • Be a homeowner or renter who receives electric or gas services through a residential meter.
  • Reside in a single-family or mobile home. Because residences with four (4) or fewer units are considered single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes qualify for ESA.
  • Meet appliance replacement/installation requirements for each service.
  • Participate in one or more qualifying public assistance programs (Option 1 below) OR have a qualifying income level (Option 2 below).

Option 1: Qualifying Public Assistance Programs:


  • Medicaid/Medi-Cal for Families A & B

  • CalFresh (food stamps) SNAP

  • Head Start Income Eligible (Tribal Only)

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance

  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • CalWORKs (TANF) or Tribal TANF

You can also qualify if you meet the income guideline qualifications listed in the chart in Option 2.

Option 2: Qualifying Income Level*

Effective June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2024, income limits are as follows:

Household Size Maximum Combined Annual Income















8 $126,400

Each additional member


The upper limit calculation for each row is 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Learn more about the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

* Maximum combined annual income is the total income of all persons living in your single-family home, condo, apartment or mobile home.

Program Products and Services

Qualified ESA customers have two options for service: ESA Basic and ESA Basic Plus. ESA Basic customers do not need to provide additional information or documentation to receive products or services, while ESA Basic Plus customers must provide additional income documentation to receive products or services.

Please note that not all customers will qualify for all products or services. Existing appliances must meet age requirements to qualify for replacement. Additionally, a co-pay may be required for landlords who own appliances and pay tenant utility bills.

ESA Basic

Customers may self-certify or attest to eligibility to receive one or more of these products:

  • Smart Thermostat
  • Faucet Aerator
  • Low-Flow Showerhead
  • Shower Valve
  • Tub Spout/Diverter
  • LED A-lamp Bulb
  • LED Reflector Bulb
  • Power Strip

ESA Basic Plus

Additional documentation required

May qualify to receive one or more of these products:

  • Refrigerator
  • Air Purifier
  • Portable AC
  • Whole House Fan
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Furnace Repair/Replace
  • Room A/C Replacement
  • Efficient Fan Controller
  • Duct Sealing
  • Envelope/Air Sealing Measure
  • Attic Insulation
  • Minor Home Repair
  • Water Heater Repair/Replacement
  • Heat Pump Water Heater
  • Water Heater Blanket
  • Heater Pipe Insulation
  • High Efficiency Clothes Washer
  • Pool Pump

Need Help Applying to ESA?

Call our authorized outreach and assessment contractors, Richard Heath & Associates (RHA), at 1-619-387-4757 or 1-866-597-0597