Energy 101 For Landlords

As a landlord, you have a lot to manage. Let us help you understand all your options for meeting your energy needs, including energy-efficiency features for your property. You’ll save money—for yourself and your tenants—and add value to your investment, too.

Installing an electric-vehicle charging station will add value to your property and attract new desirable tenants, but there’s a lot to consider before you do.


The Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) program offers incentives for installing solar power systems in affordable, multifamily housing to help both tenants and landlords save more.


In multi-family dwellings, the landlord must issue each unit a submeter and then bill each tenant at the set SCE rates for single-family dwellings.


The Residential Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate Program offers incentives and rebates to property owners and managers who improve the energy efficiency of their multi-family buildings. Not only will you save on energy and reduce your electricity bills, you’ll also reduce time spent on maintenance and improve the security and comfort of your complex to keep good tenants longer.

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How It Works

The rebate application for this program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Program is effective until December 31, 2012, or until funding is exhausted, or until the program is suspended by the California Public Utilities Commission, whichever occurs first. This program may be modified or terminated without prior notice.

Funding is Limited. So Don’t Delay.

Please call 1-800-736-4777 for additional program information and details.

Under California law, models of certain types of appliances, for example, refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes washers etc., must be certified by the California Energy Commission before being sold or offered for sale in the state. The Energy Commission maintains a database of those appliances, found at the following link: www.appliances.energy.ca.gov. Before purchasing this type of appliance, please consult the Energy Commission's database to see if the particular model of the appliance you want to buy is in the database. Not all products listed in this database are eligible for utility rebates as they do not all meet the higher energy performance requirements of the utility programs. Please refer to Southern California Edison rebate applications to find energy saving products eligible for rebate.

What are the benefits for MHP owners?

For participating MHP owners, the benefits of converting to direct utility service for electricity and natural gas utility service include:

  • Enhanced safety and reliability: MHP owners will receive new, professionally installed utility systems that will enhance safety and reliability.
  • Peace of mind: MHP owners will no longer have to maintain or be liable for privately-owned, submetered utility systems.
  • Convenience: MHP owners will no longer have to read utility meters, bill residents or respond to utility service and program questions. These services will be provided by the utilities.
  • Improved resident relationships: Resident service complaints will no longer be directed to MHP owners/managers.
  • Minimal Cost: The MHP Utility Upgrade Program covers costs for installing new utility service up to individual resident meters, as well as to each Mobilehome (beyond the meter).

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will select MHPs based on risk assessment and other established prioritization factors. The CPUC has the authority and responsibility for prioritizing conversions. MHP owners whose parks are not selected should contact the CPUC directly for more information at 1-800-755-1447 or by email at MHPtransfer@cpuc.ca.gov or visit their website.

Who is responsible for costs involved with the program?

Our program covers costs for installing new direct utility service for individual resident meters and individual mobilehomes (beyond the meters).

  • SCE will be responsible for performing and paying for construction work from the master-meter to the individual resident meters.
  • We will also cover the majority of costs to replace current master-metered/submetered systems to individual resident mobilehomes.
  • MHP owners are responsible for selecting contractors to perform work from resident meters to mobilehomes. The costs for this construction will be reimbursed, but could require upfront funding by MHP owners.
  • MHP owners are also responsible for all environmental issues and remedies, ensuring cooperation from residents, all repairs on existing sub-metered systems until conversion occurs, and any other responsibilities included in the executed standard program agreement between the MHP owner and SCE.

How do I apply for the program?

MHP owners must complete a Form of Intent to apply to participate in the program. All Forms of Intent must be received during the 90-day open enrollment period, which begins January 1, 2015 and ends March 31, 2015. Forms of Intent will be mailed to owners in November 2014 and are also available for download.

  1. Send your completed Form of Intent to the CPUC and a copy to the utilities. You need to submit a copy to SCE and the gas utility serving your MHP.
  2. If you own multiple properties, submit one form for each MHP or manufactured housing community. Form submission does not guarantee conversion to direct utility service.
  3. Forms of Intent received after the end of open enrollment will be placed on a waiting list. Placement on the waiting list does not guarantee conversion to direct utility service.

 

Selection Next Steps:

The CPUC will select pilot participants from the MHP owners who apply. They will prioritize applicants based on safety and reliability needs. Please note that selection does not guarantee conversion.

We will contact you regarding your status in the pilot program. If you are selected, you will be asked for more detailed information about your property, so an engineering review can be performed. We will work with you to plan the new gas and electric distribution system and convert MHP spaces to direct utility services.

What is the schedule for the program's rollout?

November 2014 - December 2014 Program Information Form made available to MHP owners.
January 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015 Open enrolment: Forms of Intent from MHP owners are due to CPUC, with additional copies sent to SCE and the gas utility serving the MHP.
April 2015 - May 2015 CPUC selects pilot program participants.
Starting Spring 2015 Participants provide a detailed application regarding property for engineering review and sign the MHP conversion agreement prior to construction.
Summer 2015 - December 31, 2017 Construction begins. Direct service to MHP residents begins.

*The California Public Utilities Commission approved Decision 14-03-021 on March 13, 2014, establishing this three-year voluntary pilot program for mobilehome parks and manufactured home communities.