Bay Area multifamily housing affordability issues have been eased for some through BayREN's multi-family energy rebate program – known as BAMBE.
BAMBE, one of the energy savings program administered by ABAG through BayREN, has lowered energy costs at apartment complexes, making them more affordable for tenants.
Heating, cooling, domestic hot-water equipment, lighting fixtures and appliances are among the areas where energy savings can be found during free inspections of multi-family units. The program also provides a $750 per unit rebate to help pay for upgrades.
Since 2013, the BayREN BAMBE program has helped upgrade over 31,000 units at 458 properties, providing over $22.5 million in rebates and technical assistance to over 80,000 units across the Bay Area.