Multifamily retrofit incentives

Save with efficiency upgrades for condos or managed properties

If you own or manage a multifamily property such as a condominium or apartment, you can lower your bills and reduce your overall energy usage with energy-efficient in-unit and common area equipment. And with PSE's multifamily retrofit incentives, you'll save on the cost of upgrades.

equipment requirements
For a summary of this program, you can view or download our multifamily retrofit brochure.
multi-family homes
If you are constructing a new multifamily or mixed-use property, visit our Multifamily new construction section.
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If your property has four or fewer attached units, visit our single-family Rebates & offers section.
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If you do retrofit work on multifamily properties and are interested in being a PSE Trade Ally, send us an email and we’ll contact you.

What you get

  • Free eligibility assessment

    A PSE representative will visit your property to determine your rebate eligibility based on the following criteria: 

    • Building envelope (attics, under-floor crawlspaces, accessible wall cavities and windows)
    • Appliances (clothes washers)
    • Commercial equipment (e.g., HVAC systems and controls, variable speed drives, thermostats, pool heaters, or custom analysis grants)
    • Lighting fixtures
    • In-unit space and water heating equipment

    You will also receive:

    • A customized summary of recommended energy efficiency upgrades
    • Helpful energy-saving tips for residents
    • PSE will link you with Recommended Energy Professionals (REP) in your area to install electric or natural gas energy efficiency measures (if applicable).
    • Energy efficiency financing resources
  • Free, direct install measures

    You may qualify to receive free, energy-efficient upgrades directly installed by a PSE representative (where applicable):

    Equipment/Upgrade Type Incentive

    TLED Replacement

    PSE field team will replace qualifying fluorescent tubes in common areas with efficient TLED lighting.

    Free

    Advanced Power Strip

    Tier 1 Advanced Power Strips automatically turn off peripheral home AV equipment when the primary device such as a T.V. or computer is powered off.

    Free

    Shower valve

    Trained staff will add a thermostatically controlled valve to showerheads that stop wasted water during the warm-up period.

    Free

    Bathtub spout

    PSE field team will replace bathtub fixtures with a new thermostatically controlled model that helps save heated water from being wasted.

    Free

  • Moderate Income incentives

    We offer increased incentives for moderate income properties. Sites qualify as "Moderate Income" if at least one of the following applies:

    • Site is within a Tribal Community
    • Site was built before 1986
    • Site accommodates renters using vouchers or other rent assistance
    • Site is classified as "Affordable" or "Mixed (Market/ Affordable)"

    Here are the increased incentives available for qualifying moderate income properties:

    Equipment/Upgrade Type Incentive

    Windows and sliding glass door

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity or gas as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Your existing windows must be single-paned, single-paned with storm windows or double-paned with metal frames.
    • Your new windows must be rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
    • Insulation upgrades may be required.

    $6-18 per sq. ft. (dependent on U factor)

    In-unit LEDs

    • Upgrading 4-foot fluorescent kitchen ceiling lights with Type B (direct wire) TLED

    FREE

    Common area LEDs

    • Replacing incandescent/HID/HPS/Fluorescent fixtures with energy efficient LEDs

    Up to 90% of total cost

    Smart line voltage thermostats

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity for heating
    • Existing thermostats must be bi-metal zonal (dial style)

    FREE


  • Electric incentives
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    Choose your specific upgrade from the list below for details, qualifications and additional information (if available) about PSE's incentive:

    For a summary of this program, you can view or download our multifamily retrofit brochure.

    If your property has four or fewer attached units in a campus, visit our single-family Rebates & offers section.

    Equipment/Upgrade Type Incentives

    Windows and sliding glass doors

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity or gas as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Your existing windows must be single-paned, single-paned with storm windows or double-paned with metal frames.
    • Your new windows must be rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
    • Insulation upgrades may be required.

    Check out this case study to learn how much this incentive saved a 46-unit apartment building in Bremerton, WA.

    $3 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .30 to .22 or lower)

    $5 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .60 to .30 or lower)

    Now $7 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .60 to .22 or lower)

    $7 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of 1.2 to .30 or lower)

    $9 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of 1.2 to .22 or lower)

    In-unit LED retrofit

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Must upgrade T8 or T12 lighting in residential kitchen units
    • Rebate is determined on number of lamps per fixture being upgraded
    • New lamps must be UL or ETL listed; CRI > 80; Warranty > 5 yrs; power factor > .9

    $30 per lamp

    In-unit kitchen LED replacement

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Must replace T8 or T12 lighting in residential kitchen units
    • Replacement of fluorescent two lamp fixture 4ft in length
    • New lamp fixture must be 30watt or less
    • Fixture must be UL or ETL listed; CRI > 80; Warranty > 5 yrs; power factor > .9

    $70 per fixture

    In-unit ENERGY STAR® certified front loading clothes washer

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your new clothes washer must be ENERGY STAR® rated.
    • New clothes washer must also be front loading.
    • A qualified product list can be found here.

    $50 per unit

    Attic insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's attic insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    Up to $1.50 per sq. ft.

    Crawlspace insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's crawlspace insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    Up to $1.50 per sq. ft.

    Wall insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's wall insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    $1.50 per sq. ft.

    Ductless Heat Pump

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • You must have PSE electric service.
    • Existing primary heating equipment with zonal electric resistance (baseboard, cable, wall heater, or electric hydronic).
    • New ductless heat pump must be AHRI certified as a mini-split system.
    • Must have a minimum HSPF of 9.0, use inverter technology and be a minimum of ¾ ton in heating mode.
    • Must be installed in the main living area and comply with Federal, State and local code requirements.

    $800 per unit

    In-unit ENERGY STAR® certified front loading washer

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your new clothes washer must be ENERGY STAR® rated.
    • New clothes washer must be front loading.
    • View our qualified product list.

    $50 per unit

    Air sealing

    The values of your incentives are determined by your property's existing conditions and the measures required to properly perform air sealing:

    • Attic sealing—$0.75 per sq. ft.
    • Crawlspace/underfloor sealing—$0.75 per sq. ft.
    • Dense pack wall insulation—$2.00 per sq. ft.
    • Door kit—$100.00 each
    • Recessed light fixture cover—$40.00 each
    • Bathroom fan timer control—$200.00 each
    • ENERGY STAR® qualified bathroom fan—$50.00 each

    To be eligible for this incentive, your property must:

    • Use electricity as the primary source of its space heating
    • Have been constructed in 1992 or earlier
    • Eligible buildings must have 20 units or less
    • Be no greater than four stories tall, including the basement
    • Conduct air sealing on all accessible surface areas
    • Complete blower door tests before and after installation

    For a summary of PSE's multifamily retrofit air sealing measure, you can download our multifamily air sealing brochure.

    Calculated, up to 100% of project cost

    Line Voltage Thermostat

    In-unit thermostats must replace existing bi-metal zonal heat thermostats.

    • Must use PSE electricity for resistant space heating.
    • All bi-metal thermostats (except bathrooms) must be upgraded to qualify.
    • Bathroom thermostats not eligible.

    $50 per thermostat

    Line Voltage Connected Smart Thermostat – Zonal Heat

    In-unit thermostats:

    • Must use PSE electric service for zonal space heat (fan-forced, baseboard, wall, or radiant ceiling).
    • Smart thermostat replaces bi-metallic (dial) thermostat in primary heating area. Bathroom thermostats not eligible.
    • Must be Wi-fi enabled with remote access/control.
    • Have 7-day programmable scheduling informed by outdoor air temperature or internet weather data.
    • Must include digital temperature sensing and be UL or CSA listed.
    • Check our list of qualified Line Voltage Connected Thermostats.

    $75 per Thermostat

    ENERGY STAR® qualified Smart Thermostat – Central Heat

    In-unit smart thermostats must:

    • Use PSE electric or gas service with central in-unit heat system such as heat pump, forced air furnace, or boiler.
    • Be registered and connected with the manufacturer.
    • Only one rebate per residential dwelling unit
    • Your rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of equipment installation.
    • Self-installed or professionally installation is allowed.
    • PSE requires ENERGY STAR® certification for all smart thermostat models. To determine eligibility please check your model against the ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat Certification, or check our list of qualified smart thermostats.

    $75 per thermostat

    Common area lighting (non resident controlled)

    The incentive value is determined based on the fixture type(s), the calculated energy savings of your new equipment and other key factors. Only qualifying lighting products are eligible for an incentive.

    To be eligible, you must be a PSE electric customer.

    All Multifamily Projects require pre-approval by PSE before the work can begin.

    To initiate a multifamily common area lighting project, please submit a completed Lighting Application, cut sheets, and W9 for the payee of the incentive to MultifamilyRetrofit@PSE.com.

    • Please note that a customer signature is not required on the Business Lighting Workbook for multifamily projects. Our program staff will review submitted workbooks and contact you regarding the next steps for an incentive application.
    • A Multifamily Retrofit Incentive Application must be signed by both the customer and PSE before work can begin.
    • The workbook will be used as a calculator tool only to help estimate an incentive and energy savings for the project.
    • Please refer to our quick reference guide.

    Calculated, up to 70% of project cost

    Custom upgrades

    The values of your custom analysis grant are based on the calculated energy savings for installations that exceed minimum code standards.

    • Must be a PSE electric customer

    Examples of electric custom analysis grants have been:

    • Pool heaters
    • Thermal pool cover
    • HVAC systems and occupancy controls
    • Variable speed motor or pump
    • Heat Recovery ventilation

    $0.40 per kWh, up to 70% of total project cost

    ENERGY STAR® qualified ventilation fan

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • You must use PSE electricity as the primary source of space heating.
    • Your new fan(s) must be Energy Star qualified and have a brushless DC motor.
    • You can receive one new fan per residential dwelling unit.

    $50 per unit

  • Natural gas incentives

    Choose your specific upgrade for details, qualifications and additional information (if available) about PSE's incentive:

    Equipment/Upgrade Type Incentive

    Windows and sliding glass doors 

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity or gas as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Your existing windows must be single-paned, single-paned with storm windows or double-paned with metal frames.
    • Your new windows must be rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
    • Insulation upgrades may be required.

    Check out this case study to learn how much this incentive saved a 46-unit apartment building in Bremerton, WA.

    $3 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .30 to .22 or lower)

    $5 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .60 to .30 or lower)

    $7 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of .60 to .22 or lower)

    $7 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of 1.2 to .30 or lower)

    $9 per sq. ft. (upgrade from U-factor of 1.2 to .22 or lower)

    In-unit gas storage tank water heater

    • Your storage water heater must run on natural gas provided by PSE. New storage tank water heat must be ENERGY STAR® rated.

    $50 per unit

    In-unit gas tankless water heater

    • Your tankless water heater must run on natural gas provided by PSE.
    • New tankless water heater must be ENERGY STAR® rated.

    $250 per unit

    Attic wall insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE gas as the primary source of its space heating.
    • Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's attic insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    Up to $1.50 per sq. ft.

    Crawlspace insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity as the primary source of its space heating.

    Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's crawlspace insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    Up to $1.50 per sq. ft.

    Wall insulation

    To be eligible for this incentive:

    • Your property must use PSE electricity as the primary source of its space heating.

    Incentive amount determined by the existing R-value of your property's wall insulation. Insulation levels are determined during your free energy efficiency audit.

    Up to $1.50 per sq. ft.

    ENERGY STAR qualified Smart Thermostat

    In-unit smart thermostats must:

    • Use PSE electric or gas service with central in-unit heat system such as heat pump, forced air furnace, or boiler.
    • Be registered and connected with the manufacturer.
    • Only one rebate per residential dwelling unit
    • Your rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of equipment installation.
    • Self-installed or professionally installation is allowed.
    • PSE requires ENERGY STAR® certification for all smart thermostat models. To determine eligibility please check your model against the ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat Certification, or check our list of qualified smart thermostats.

    $75 per thermostat

    In-unit furnace

    • Must be a PSE gas customer
    • To be eligible for this incentive, your new furnace must be ENERGY STAR® qualified with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of 95 percent or higher.

    $700 per unit

    ENERGY STAR® qualified In-unit Boiler

    • Must be a residential PSE gas customer
    • You must install a new AHRI Certified or ENERGY STAR® qualified natural gas boiler with an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 95 percent or higher.
    • For a list of qualified products, please visit ENERGY STAR®
    • Indirect water heaters installed off of your equipment are not eligible for additional rebates. However If your new boiler is the primary heating source AND provides direct domestic hot water to your home, please visit our Integrated space and water heating rebate.

    $700 per unit

    ENERGY STAR® qualified in-unit Integrated Space and Water Heater

    • Must be a residential PSE gas customer
    • Your integrated space and water heating system must be your primary heating source AND provide direct domestic hot water to your home.
    • Qualifying integrated space- and water-heating systems must include either:
    • A single-source ENERGY STAR® qualified natural gas tankless water heater with an Energy Factor (EF) rating of 0.91 or higher.
    • A single-source ENERGY STAR® qualified natural gas boiler with an AFUE rating of 95 percent or higher.
    • Either a hydronic/radiant system or a combination of forced-air and hydronic/radiant systems may qualify for this rebate.
    • This rebate is only available on new, qualifying equipment

    $800 per unit

    Custom upgrades

    The values of your incentives are based on the type(s) of new equipment installed and the calculated energy savings:

    • Must be a PSE gas customer

    Examples of gas custom analysis grants have been:

    • Pool heaters
    • Thermal pool cover
    • Combined Space and water heat system
    • Central HVAC systems

    Learn how much this boiler retrofit saved the 16-unit Fedroy Apartments in Seattle in this case study.

    $6 per therm, up to 70% of project cost

    If you have any questions, call a PSE representative at 1-866-997-9767 or send an email to multifamilyretrofit@pse.com.

how to qualify
How to qualify

To be eligible for PSE's multifamily retrofit incentives:

  • You must be a current PSE electric and/or natural gas customer.
  • Your property must be a multifamily dwelling with at least five attached units.
  • Your property must be within PSE's electric and/or natural gas service area(s).
  • You must complete an energy efficiency audit and be pre-approved by PSE prior to receiving any energy efficiency improvement measure(s).
  • You must meet the equipment and/or site requirements above for each respective energy efficiency improvement measure (see the "What you get" section above).
  • For in-unit electric incentives, the rebate is only available on new, qualifying equipment. Furnaces that have been installed as auxiliary heat sources are not eligible for an additional rebate. Qualified Product Lists are updated monthly so please check back before making a purchase.
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How to apply

To apply for PSE's multifamily retrofit incentives, call a PSE representative at 1-866-997-9767 or send an email to multifamilyretrofit@pse.com.

Strategic Energy Management

SEM provides a behavior-based approach to energy efficiency. It focuses on operational improvements, facility maintenance practices, and attention to energy data to make your buildings as energy- and cost-efficient as possible. Contact us at 1-866-997-9767 or send an email to multifamilyretrofit@pse.com to find out more.


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If you receive any free direct-install measures in your home, please participate in our online survey.

* Incentives are dependent on installed equipment efficiency and energy type provided by PSE. These programs are tariffed services and are subject to change or termination without prior notice. PSE has not made implied or express warranties or representations with regard to the products or energy savings listed in this document from the installation of the products.



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