Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency
Last DSIRE Review: 08/14/2012
||Utility Rebate Program
|Eligible Efficiency Technologies:
||Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Radiant Barriers
|Amount:||Central AC/Heat Pump: $350 - $600|
Package Unit AC/Heat Pump: $400 - $550
Weatherization Bonus: $250 - $500
Solar Screens/Solar Film: $1/sq. ft.
Attic Insulation to R-38: varies by original R-value
Radiant Barrier: $0.10/sq. ft. of accessible attic space
Duct Replacement: $1.75/sq. ft.
Duct Insulation: $1.25/sq. ft.
External Combustion Air: $20 each
Air Infiltration and Duct Sealing: $0.12/sq. ft.
Duct System Performance Test: $200 each system/$50 per new return air improvement
|Maximum Incentive:||Up to 20% of the cost of improvements, up to $1,575|
Bonus incentives up to $700
|Equipment Requirements:||Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (Central Split Systems): Minimum SEER rating of 15 and EER rating of 12.5|
Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (Package Unit): Minimum SEER rating of 14 and EER rating of 12
Attic Insulation: R-38
|Installation Requirements:||Work must be performed by a participating contractor|
Austin Energy offers incentives to its residential customers to encourage the use of energy efficient equipment and measures. Rebates are available for qualified HVAC equipment and weatherization improvements. A winter bonus rebate is also available on certain HVAC improvements. Customers may also receive the Home Performance Bonus Rebate up to $500 when they install a new air conditioning unit or heat pump and perform the following weatherization measures listed, if needed:
- Install additional attic insulation
- Repair leaking AC ducts
- Caulk around plumbing under sinks
- Weather-strip doors
- Install Low-E windows, solar screens, or awnings (to windows in direct sun)
- Radiant barrier
To take advantage of the weatherization rebates, customers must first have an energy audit performed on homes. Energy audits are not required for the HVAC rebates. Mobile homes or manufactured homes are eligible for rebates on new air conditioners only. Other energy efficiency improvements cannot be rebated for these dwellings due to construction code differences. Contact Austin Energy or visit the program web site for further requirements and guidelines.
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