Incentives & Rebates

A list of featured incentives & rebates for each topic area.

Climate & Air

Seattle's home energy upgrade program
Program participants receive free trees, training, watering bags and technical assistance.
Supporting community-led climate action ideas
Publicly recognizes business taking actions for the environment. Free for businesses to particpate.
Seattle Public Utilities is part of the Saving Water Partnership which funds water conservation programs in Seattle and King County.
The Seattle Public Utilities Resource Venture program offers free tools and assistance to help Seattle area businesses conserve resources and prevent pollution
Offers tools and incentives for homeowners to manage strormwater runoff at home.
Provides free trees, training, and supplies to encourage more folks to plant trees in their yards.
The Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking suggestions of where to plant about 100 trees within (about) a 4 to 5-square block area.
Your one stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about changing to walking, biking, using transit, and carpooling
Provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school.
Seattle City Light offers numerous incentives, rebates and tools for residents and businesses looking to conserve energy and save money.
Appliances make up about 20 percent of your home’s electricity use. When are you ready to upgrade, check here first.

Building & Energy

Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.
Receive a deeply discounted home energy audit through City Light and Community Power Works. This stem-to-stern analysis evaluates current home insulation levels, windows and doors, heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, and more to develop an Energy Performance Score and a list of energy improvements.
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development offers expedited and facilitated permits for projects meeting advanced green building standards.
Income-qualified households can receive free improvements and low-interest loans for measures resulting in reduced energy use and increased comfort through the Seattle Office of Housing’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
Seattle City Light provides rebates when purchasing electricity saving products for the home, including appliances, heat pumps, lighting and showerheads.
Puget Sound Energy rebates are available for home energy audits, weatherization services, and home heating and water heating products
Homeowners installing renewable energy generation systems (commonly solar electric) are eligible to receive payments for the energy produced by their systems. Seattle City Light maintains information on how the State of Washington’s program works and how to apply.
The Seattle Department of Planning allows developers using deconstruction (careful disassembly of a building with the aim of maximizing reusable elements) in lieu of a typical demolition process to begin work before receiving their full building permit.
Receive a tax credit from the IRS for energy improvements to new and existing homes, including weatherization, efficient heating, cooling and ventilation systems; and on-site renewable energy.
Land use departures are available for projects aiming to meet the Living Building Challenge or Seattle’s Deep Green criteria.
Seattle City Light offers energy and water conservation incentives and technical guidance for developers of new construction projects that go beyond code and to existing building owners and businesses that increase the efficiency of their buildings and operations.
Puget Sound Energy has rebates and energy-efficiency programs available for new multifamily and commercial buildings as well as financial incentives and assistance available for building and business owners.
Seattle Public Utilities’ provides savings on annual drainage fees for property owners with stormwater systems that help reduce the impact of stormwater on the City’s system, creeks, lakes, or Puget Sound. Systems that provide stormwater flow control and/or provide water quality treatment are eligible.
Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership offer rebates to qualifying multifamily buildings for water-saving installations, such as high-efficiency toilets and efficient coin-op common area laundry facilities.
The Seattle 2030 District has compiled a comprehensive spreadsheet of incentives and resources for energy and water-saving projects available from Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Steam.
Seattle’s Office of Economic Development offers businesses low interest loans for installing energy efficient improvements that can be paired with Seattle City Light rebates.
LEED certification is a minimum requirement to access additional floor area in certain zones. Higher floor area ratio or density is allowed for projects in low-rise multi-family zones that meet green building standards. Check the land use code for the specifics for the zone in which you’ll be building.
Factsheets and rebate information for businesses, including case studies, overviews for different types of businesses (restaurants, grocers, data center/IT), and general lighting/lighting control tips.
Apply for grant funding to organize your community to reduce its climate impacts. Projects can focus on any number of activities, including those that encourage residential energy conservation.

Transportation & Land Use

Way to Go, Seattle! is your one stop source for SDOT incentive programs, mobility apps and info about changing to walking, biking, using transit, and carpooling.
In the summertime, you can sign up to track your biking, walking and transit-use and get entered to win some great prizes!

Food

Supporting great community focused climate action ideas in the categories of energy, waste, transportation, and food.
P-Patch Program is Seattle's community gardening programand is open to Seattle residents.
Fresh Bucks doubles the value of SNAP benefits redemeed at Seattle Farmers Markets, up to $10 per day.

Waste

Resources, tips and incentives to help your business save money and save resources.
Seattle Public Utilities offers grants to implement or expand food waste composting, recycling and waste reduction programs in K-12 public and private schools in Seattle.

Water

Seattle Public Utilities' RainWise program provides resources, tools and incentives to help you manage stormwater at home, reduce flooding and protect Seattle's water.
Installing efficient fixtures and taking steps to conserve water can help reduce your water use and utility bills year-round. Tools, resources and incentives to help you get started.
Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water use. Seattle Public Utilities and the Saving Water Partnership offer rebates for high-efficiency WaterSense replacement toilets.
Seattle Public Utilities incentives for greening businesses

Trees & Green Space

Single- and multi-family dwellings account for the largest portion of the city's land mass (67 percent) and therefore the biggest opportunity for planting new trees. This means many Seattle residents and building owners can make a huge difference in helping us reach Seattle's tree canopy goals. The City, through Seattle Public Utilities, offers an annual tree giveaway and training program.
SDOT is interested in finding neighborhoods where we can plant about 100 trees within (about) a 4 to 5-square block area. Send them your suggestion!