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

Community Power Works helps residents upgrade their homes to save energy and money, while growing our local energy efficiency construction economy.

Professional Home Energy Audits

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.

Green Permitting

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

HomeWise Weatherization

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.

Energy Conservation for Homes

Seattle City Light provides rebates when purchasing electricity saving products for the home, including appliances, heat pumps, lighting and showerheads.

Energy Efficiency for Gas Homes

Puget Sound Energy rebates are available for home energy audits, weatherization services, and home heating and water heating products

Renewable Energy Production Incentive

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.

Deconstruction Permit

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.

Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency & Renewables

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

Green Permitting

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

Living Building & Deep Green Pilots

Land use departures are available for projects aiming to meet the Living Building Challenge or Seattle’s Deep Green criteria.

City Light Energy Conservation for Commercial & Multifamily

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.

PSE Commercial & Multifamily Energy Efficiency

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.

Stormwater Credit

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.

Multi-Family & Commercial Appliance Rebates

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.

2030 District Utility Incentives Matrix

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.

Energy Efficient Business Loans

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.

Incentive Zoning

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.

In Your Community

Community Climate Projects

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.