Addressing climate change
Climate change is on the mind of every USA politician, and the Newsom administration is no different. This past Friday Newsom administration held a Zoom meeting to discuss climate change and their plans for combating the issue by promoting electric vehicles and expanding environmental awareness, among other plans and actions they will employ.
“What we have seen is that affordability is the key to all of this, and we want to make it clear that California has programs that will make the transition more affordable,” said Daniel Villasenor, deputy press secretary to Gov. Gavin Newsom. He explained how investing in positive climate habits can help California residents make money.
“We have incentives and rebates that will allow residents to be paid upward to $24,000 for their transition to an electric vehicle or hybrid. We have already provided almost two billion dollars to families getting cleaner cars, and we want to continue providing this service to fight climate change,” Viser said.
The Newsom administration has several programs to help fight climate change. The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) program has four options that help people transition from a gas vehicle to an electric or hybrid and fund the switch:
(1) The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project grants consumers up to 7,500 for their ZEV but must fit in the income requirements for this option. You can check the criteria by clicking this link https://tinyurl.com/4bwp5225.
(2) Clean Cars 4 All is a program that will help low-income Californians save up to 9,000 when they replace their vehicle with a ZEV. You can check if you qualify for the rebate by visiting https://tinyurl.com/29p9ucyu and typing in your zip code.
(3) The Federal Tax Credit program lets qualifying members write off $7,500 from their taxes for their ZEV. The requirements for this program do include a taxable income limit. You must purchase one of the qualifying ZEVs and include it in your statement prior to filing. You can check the selected vehicles by visiting https://tinyurl.com/2s4vzv8e. A fourth option can be found at https://tinyurl.com/2s4vzv8e and by entering your zip code.
The administration team is offering home energy savings with several loan and assistance programs. GoGreen Home Loans offer a zero fee or closing cost loan to pay for energy-efficient improvements in their home. Loans are available to both renters and homeowners. A broad range of credit scores and home types are eligible for GoGreen Home loans. To learn more about the loan and to apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/mr26k32z.
The Energy Savings Assistance program helps low-income Californians get free home upgrades to make them more energy efficient. Upgrades are available for both renters and homeowners. Visit this site https://tinyurl.com/2n688t8y to sign up, once approved, your local utility will find a contractor.
The Disadvantaged Communities Single-family Solar Homes program helps low-income Californians living in tribal or pollution-affected communities get no-cost rooftop solar installations on their homes. Visit this site https://tinyurl.com/nhz6cxxh to see if you qualify.
Disadvantaged Communities Green Tariff program helps Low-income Californians living in tribal or pollution-affected communities who can’t install rooftop solar (like renters) get a 20% discount on clean energy. Visit https://tinyurl.com/hn2eu5z5 for more information and to apply.
The administration offers other rebates and initiative programs for renters and owners. You can check out the programs by visiting https://tinyurl.com/hn2eu5z5.