A potential hybrid car buyer test drives a Toyota Prius in San Francisco. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

California Rebates For Hybrid, Electric Cars Restricted After Plan Criticized As Taxpayer Handout To The Wealthy

State lawmakers and air quality officials are restricting rebates on hybrid and electric cars because they have been claimed by hundreds of Californians who make $500,000 or more.



Bay Area Water Agency Offering Rebates Up To $100 For Rainwater Collection

The finishing touches are being put on a plan to give Bay Area residents rebates on their water bills.


A low-income housing complex in Oakland. (CBS)

California’s Low-Income Renters Could Get Tax Rebate With Newly-Introduced Legislation

Two members of California’s State Assembly have introduced legislation that would provide tax rebates for low-income renters in California on a sliding-scale basis.


Solar panels.  (CBS)

San Mateo Homeowners Eligible For Energy Efficiency Rebates

Homeowners in San Mateo County who make their homes more energy efficient will soon be eligible for up to $8,000 in rebates.

CBS San Francisco–08/07/2011

Nissan Leaf Electric Car. (Nissan)

California Renews Electric Car Incentive But Slashes Rebate

The rebates available to Californians who buy hybrid or all-electric vehicles will be smaller, but state officials hope the latest incarnation of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project will reach more motorists.



ConsumerWatch: PG&E Rebate Program Still Hitting Snags

More then 266,000 San Francisco and San Mateo residents received a $25 pre-paid debit card from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for conserving gas this past December, but some customers are still confused on whether the debit card includes extra fees.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/06/2011

Airport Home Appliance

ConsumerWatch: Errors Delay Cash For Appliances Payouts

It has been months since the cash for appliances rebate program ended, and many Californians are still waiting for their checks from the state.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/31/2011


ConsumerWatch: No Strings Attached For PG&E Reward

San Francisco and San Mateo residents who received a $25 prepaid debit card as reward from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. don’t have to worry about any fees associated with the promotion, despite what they may find in the small print.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/28/2011