Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® for Small Business

Rebates & Incentives

Rebates & Incentives
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Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand. We can all contribute to reducing Austin’s energy demand by making simple lifestyle changes and energy-efficient home improvements. When demand decreases, we all save. Austin Energy is committed to helping our customers achieve the greatest savings possible.

Make whole-building energy improvements and save.

Austin Energy offers rebates to qualifying small business and small non-profits that make energy efficiency improvements through Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®.

If your small business or small non-profit is based in a house converted for business, you may earn rebates to make whole-building energy improvements.

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a whole-building approach to energy efficiency. By making energy efficiency improvements to your building, you can save money on your monthly bill.

Participating Contractor Required

Austin Energy requires that you use an Austin Energy participating contractor to qualify for this offering. Your participating contractor can help you choose the right-sized equipment for your home. Participating contractors meet Austin Energy requirements for licensure, insurance, workmanship, and equipment.

Our participating contractors will:

  • Discuss your home's condition with you
  • Conduct an energy analysis
  • Recommend improvements
  • Leave an estimate for any recommended work
  • Help you with the rebate/loan application process

Energy Efficiency Improvements

Possible Improvements (as recommended by the participating contractor):

  • Install a new central air conditioner or heat pump
  • Perform an AC Tune Up
  • Improve efficiency and temperature-balancing of air conditioning / heating system
  • Add attic insulation
  • Seal or replace leaky ducts and seal building envelope
  • Install airtight, insulated covers for pull-down attic stairs and whole-house fans
  • Install solar shading screens or film on single-pane windows
  • Install a qualifying Power Partner℠ Thermostat

*These improvements require air leakage testing of your office and duct system.

Home offices do not qualify for this offering. If you work in an office within your residence and want to make energy improvements, learn more about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR rebates and loans for residential customers.

In addition to this bonus rebate, your small business or nonprofit may also qualify for Small Business Lighting upgrades that save you up to 80% of the installed cost.

ENERGY STAR 2018 Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence logo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy have awarded Austin Energy’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 12 years since 2005.

Small business and small non-profit customers may qualify for a rebate to make the following improvements. We do not offer loans for this offering.

Details of Austin Energy Home Performance with ENERGY STAR rebates are included in the charts below.

Improvement Rebate
Mandatory Building Performance Measures
Air infiltration and duct sealing $0.12 per sq ft of floor area
Total external static pressure $175.00 for the first system, $100.00 each additional system
Other Building Performance Measures
Duct replacement/insulation $3.25 per linear foot for replacement / $1.00 per linear foot to insulate existing duct
Duct system performance improvement $200.00 first system, $100.00 each additional system / $75.00 per new return air improvement (max 3 per system)
Attic insulation to R38 Multiply the square footage of the attic X $.0035 (per sq ft) X the R-value added, + $45.00 setup fee
Fan Cover $25.00 each
Solar screens/solar film on single pane windows only (no new window rebates) $1.00 per sq ft
External combustion air $20.00 each
Insulated box for pull-down stairs $25.00 each
Additional attic access $25.00 each
Improve supply and/or return plenum $75.00 each
Install approved Wi-Fi thermostat $25.00 each
Supply grilles $5.00 each
Return air grilles $5.00 each
AC Tune Up per system (max of 5 systems) $175.00 each

 

If you are installing a new central air conditioning system (any system in the table below) as part of the Home Performance work, and want to qualify for the Home Performance rebates, you must make all the recommended and approved energy efficiency improvements at the same time you have a new central air conditioning installed.

 

Central Split System
Tier SEER* EER** Conventional Inverter
Conventional Inverter AC Heat Pump AC Heat Pump
1 15.0 12.5 10.0 $550 $600 $450 $500

2

16.0 13.0 11.5 $650 $700 $650 $700
3 18.0 13.0 13.0 $750 $800 $900 $950
Package Units
Tier 2: 16.0 SEER / 12.0 EER $500 for A.C. / $550 for heat pump
Mini-Split System
Tier 1: 15.0 SEER / 12.5 EER $550 for A.C. / $600 for heat pump 1
Tier 2: 16.0 SEER / 13.0 EER $650 for A.C. / $700 for heat pump 1
Tier 3: 18.0 SEER / 13.0 EER $750 for A.C. / $800 for heat pump 1

1 Mini-Splits less than 18,000 BTU/hour (1-1/2 tons capacity) receive 50% of the above rebates.

*Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures average energy efficiency over a cooling season.

**Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) measures an air conditioner's energy efficiency at high outdoor temperatures and persistent use.

Prerequisites

  • Austin Energy provides electricity to your property.
  • You are a qualified local small business or a tax-exempt (501c3), small non-profit.
  • You are on the <10kW rate or ≥10 < 50kW rates.
  • Your business or non-profit must be based in an existing home converted for business use only. Learn more about new construction rebates for businesses building new facilities.
  • This rebate does not apply to home offices. Buildings must be used only for business.
  • Your business cannot be based in a mobile or manufactured building.
  • A participating contractor must perform the energy analysis and make all energy efficiency improvements.
  • All participating contractors are required to provide a warranty on all materials and workmanship for a minimum of one year from the date of final inspection by Austin Energy.
  • Participating contractors shall act as the manufacturer’s agent for all equipment, workmanship, and materials’ warranties.
  • Austin Energy requires a completed Welcome Form (pdf) and Checklist Form (pdf) verifying customer rate information, construction type, ceiling type and return-air type. Please be prepared to provide your business name, address and federal Tax ID number.

Requirements

  • You must qualify for at least $100 in rebates to participate.
  • Your home or building must be 10 years old or older.
  • The participating contractor must conduct a duct system performance test before installing a new air conditioner or making duct system improvements.
  • Buildings where asbestos is found in the HVAC system are not eligible.
  • Buildings where remodeling is imminent or concurrent with the proposed installations are not eligible.
  • New AC units or heat pumps must be sized to service at least 600 sq ft or 12,000 BTU adjusted performance per ton, or the participating contractor must perform a Manual J load calculation to determine the size of the AC unit.
  • To qualify for an AC Tune Up, the system must be out of the manufacturer’s warranty and less than 15 years old.
  • New AC unit must meet the minimum SEER/EER requirements.
  • The condensing unit and evaporator coil must be replaced at the same time.
  • Renters must provide written permission from the property owner to participate.
  • You are not eligible for a loan (or rebate) covering any energy efficiency measure for which you received a rebate or loan within the past 10 years.

Are You Waiting For a Rebate?

Use the confirmation (enrollment) and utility account numbers to check the status of your rebate application.

Check Status

Welcome Form and Checklist

To help you determine your eligibility for this offering, please download and fill out the Checklist (pdf). Submit to Austin Energy using the contact information on the form. Please be prepared to provide your business name, address and federal Tax ID number. We will contact you shortly after receiving your forms.

Find a Participating Contractor

You must use a participating contractor to qualify for this offering. We recommend that you check references and get at least three different estimates from any of the companies listed on this page.

In addition to performing the energy analysis and making all recommended improvements, the participating contractor takes care of the entire rebate/loan application process for you.

Welcome Form and Checklist

To help you determine your eligibility for this offering, please download and fill out the Checklist (pdf). Submit to Austin Energy using the contact information on the form. Please be prepared to provide your business name, address and federal Tax ID number. We will contact you shortly after receiving your forms.

Find a Participating Contractor

You must use a participating contractor to qualify for this offering. We recommend that you check references and get at least three different estimates from any of the companies listed on this page.

In addition to performing the energy analysis and making all recommended improvements, the participating contractor takes care of the entire rebate/loan application process for you.

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The selection of a Participating Contractor to perform work is the sole decision of the property owner and/or authorized lessee/occupant. Inclusion in this directory does not represent an endorsement by Austin Energy of any product, individual, or company. No work is guaranteed or warranty expressed or implied, and Austin Energy makes no guarantees as to the quality, cost, or effectiveness of the products provided and work performed by the contractor, employees, or subcontractors.

Additional Documents

Checklist (pdf)

Disclaimer

Funding is limited and available only to Austin Energy customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings are subject to change without notice.

After the one-year warranty period expires, Austin Energy will not intervene in customer and participating contractor disputes.



Last Updated: 10/3/17
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