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Austin Energy - Multi-Family Energy Efficiency Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 08/13/2012
Program Overview:
State: Texas
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Roofs, Cool Roof
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Construction, Multi-Family Residential
Amount:Split System Air Conditioning: $200 - $550
Packaged Unit Air Conditioning: $300 - $500
Split System Heat Pumps: $250 - $600
Packaged Unit Heat Pumps: $350 - $550
Solar Screens/Solar Film: $1.00 - $1.25/sq. ft.
Low E Window Replacement: $2.00/sq. ft.
Ceiling Insulation: $0.10/sq. ft. - $0.15/sq. ft.
Roof Insulation (Add R-8 or higher): $0.10/sq. ft.
Cool Roof: $0.15/sq. ft.
Ductwork: $0.20 - $0.35/sq. ft. of conditioned living space
Duct System Replacement/Improvement: $1.75/linear foot
Fluorescent Fixtures: $30 - $35
CFLs: $3 - $4/bulb
Hardwire Retrofits: $9
Fixture Replacement $9 - $12
High Performance Ballast: $6 - $11
Occupancy Sensors: $5 - $32
Maximum Incentive:$200,000
Eligible System Size:Air Conditioning/Heat Pumps: 1.5 ton - 5 ton systems are eligible
Equipment Requirements:Air Conditioning: Minimum 14.0 SEER/11.3 EER; 2 unit minimum
Heat Pumps: Minimum 14.0 SEER/11.3 EER; 2 unit minimum
Cool Roof: Must meet program technical guidelines
Solar Screens: Shading Coefficient of .40 or less
Solar Film: Must have .42 or less
Low E Window Glazing: Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of .35 or less
Ceiling Insulation: R-30 or higher must be achieved
Installation Requirements:All work shall be performed in accordance with all applicable manufacturer's instructions and recommendations. Additionally, all applicable requirements of the City of Austin building code, mechanical code, electrical code, plumbing code, energy code and all federal and local laws and regulations for capturing, reclaiming and disposal of ozone depleting compounds must be met. The building's in-house maintenance staff or a contractor may perform most work. Air conditioning work must be performed by a person holding a valid Texas Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors' License or by the licensed contractor's designee.
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The Austin Energy Multi-Family Program provides cash incentives to owners, developers, and property managers of apartments and other multi-family properties for making energy efficiency improvements. Rebates are available for qualified A/C systems, heat pumps, window treatments, insulation, ductwork, and lighting equipment. A free walk-through energy survey is required before a rebate application will be accepted. Rebate eligibility for each identified improvement will be determined by the on-site survey. Rebates for some measures may be prorated or not offered depending on the cost-effectiveness of each measure. Incentives are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Austin Energy for more information on this program.

  Multi-Family Program Coordinator
Austin Energy
721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704-1194
Phone: (512) 482-5346
Fax: (512) 482-5455
Web Site:
  Jaime D. Gómez
Austin Energy – Energy Efficiency Services
Power Saver Program - Multi-Family Rebates
Phone: (512) 482-5332
Fax: (512) 505-3932
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