Incentives & Rebates

Whether you're a homeowner, building owner, developer or builder, a variety of financial incentives and assistance, covering new construction and existing buildings, are available to help Seattle build green and operate our buildings more efficiently.

AT HOME - for single-family and townhome homeowners and builders

AT WORK - for multi-family and commercial owners and developers and condominium or apartment tenants

IN YOUR COMMUNITY - for neighborhood scale initiatives

Please note: General information is provided here, but each incentive program maintains its own specific criteria. Refer to the host organization's incentive information for details and the most up to date information.

At Home

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.

At Work

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development offers expedited and facilitated permits for projects meeting advanced green building standards.
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.

In Your Community

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.