Power Partner℠ Thermostats

Rebates & Incentives

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Multifamily
Rebates & Incentives
Multifamily
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Austin, TX 78704

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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.

Power Partner℠ Thermostats

Owners and managers of multifamily properties can earn a $150 rebate for each Austin Energy-approved, connected thermostat installed within your community, when done in conjunction with Austin Energy’s HVAC Tune-up offering. Delight your residents with the convenience and functionality of this cutting-edge, energy-saving amenity.

Power Partner Thermostats and Energy Efficiency

Austin Energy will pay property owners or managers a $150 rebate for each qualifying thermostat you install in your multifamily community when your property participates in our HVAC Tune-up offering*.

Benefits to Property Owners and Managers

  • The state-of-the-art, two-way connected thermostats are market tested, and some models do not require batteries, meaning less maintenance for you.
  • As a multifamily manager, some connected thermostats allow you to monitor and control the temperature of multiple vacant units/locations from the thermostat manufacturer’s online portal. You can easily set the thermostat to away/off settings and then reset the thermostat remotely for walk-throughs with potential residents. 
  • Offering the latest smart thermostat technology makes your community more attractive to the growing number of eco-friendly, tech-savvy potential residents. 

Benefits to Tenants

  • Offering smart thermostats allows your residents to remotely access and control their thermostats and heating/cooling systems anytime, anywhere using their smart devices and computers. 
  • These thermostats optimize residents’ energy use and increase energy efficiency within their units.
  • Additionally, Austin Energy also offers an $85 incentive to your residents if they enroll in the Power Partner program.

Residents are not required to sign up for the Power Partner program for you to receive your property’s $150 thermostat rebate.

*For more information on Austin Energy’s HVAC Tune-up offering, please email Multifamily Rebates.

Eligible Connected Thermostats

Vendor Thermostat Models How to Enroll
ecobee ecobee, ecobee 3 lite, ecobee 4, ecobee Smart Si, Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control Enroll with ecobee (pdf)
Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat, T6 Pro Smart Thermostat Enroll with Honeywell Home
Nest

Nest Thermostat E

Enroll with Nest
Pelican Wireless TS200, TS200H, TS250, TS250H Enroll with Pelican Wireless

 

Rebates start at $150 per thermostat installed.

Increased rebates are available for properties that pursue bundled projects (3 or more measures installed) or meet eligibility for the Multifamily Income Qualified program. 

Download a summary of all Multifamily rebate levels (pdf)

Prerequisites

  • Your community and residents must be Austin Energy customers.
  • Rebates apply only to rental units in existing communities. They must be owned or managed by the same company or individual. They can be:
    • Four or more rental units on one property.
    • A combination of two or more contiguous duplex or triplex units.
  • Master metered communities that participate in the HVAC Tune-up offering may qualify for a $150 rebate for each qualifying smart thermostat. However, its residents do not qualify for the $85 Power Partner program enrollment incentive.
  • Improvements must benefit Austin Energy electric customers in multifamily communities.
  • New construction properties cannot apply for this rebate.
  • Your community must be in compliance with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance before receiving a rebate check.
  • Your community is ineligible for rebate if registered in the City of Austin Repeat Offender Program.
  • Commercial metered areas and common areas are eligible.

Specific Requirements

  • Your multifamily property must participate in Austin Energy's HVAC Tune-up offering*.
  • Thermostats installed must be eligible for the Power Partner Thermostat Program.

General Requirements

  • Austin Energy will determine rebate eligibility by an on-site or virtual audit.
  • Work must meet all city, state, and federal codes and regulations.
  • Work must be installed to manufacturer’s instructions and specifications.
  • Rebates can pay up to 80% of the installed cost, including labor and materials for market rate properties. The rebate can pay up to 100% of the installed cost for income-qualified properties.
  • Work must pass final inspection by Austin Energy.
  • You assign all rights to environmental attributes and credits resulting from energy savings to Austin Energy. This includes renewable energy and carbon offset credits.
  • You must have a standard air conditioning system (split system, package unit, or heat pump).
  • Heater components may be gas or electric.
  • Your air conditioning equipment must be in good mechanical condition and controlled by an approved Power Partner Thermostat eligible thermostat.
  • Devices must be installed in all multifamily units. 


You must use an Austin Energy-approved, connected thermostat:

Vendor Thermostat Models How to Enroll
ecobee ecobee, ecobee 3 lite, ecobee 4, ecobee Smart Si, Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control Enroll with ecobee (pdf)
Honeywell Home T5+ Smart Thermostat, T6 Pro Smart Thermostat Enroll with Honeywell Home
Nest

Nest Thermostat E

Enroll with Nest
Pelican Wireless TS200, TS200H, TS250, TS250H Enroll with Pelican Wireless

 

Interested?

We need to assess your property or multifamily community to determine rebate eligibility.

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Comply with ECAD to Qualify for Rebate

If your multifamily community is 10 years or older and located within the Austin city limits, you must be in compliance with the Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance as described in Chapter 6-7 Energy Conservation of the Austin City Code before receiving a rebate check. ECAD promotes energy efficiency by identifying potential energy savings for your community. 

Learn more about ECAD for Multifamily Properties

Get Started

Provide your contact information. An Austin Energy representative will contact you to schedule an initial facility assessment to determine rebate options and eligibility. Additionally, Austin Energy will assist you in completing your application and inform you of any documentation that may be required.

Final Inspection

Contact Austin Energy at 512-482-5346 to schedule a final inspection.

Rebate Payment

You will be required to show proof of Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure (ECAD) ordinance compliance before we issue a rebate check. You will receive the rebate check four to six weeks after final inspection.

Contact Austin Energy for More Information

Call 512-482-5346 or email Multifamily Rebates if you have any questions about our rebates.

Additional Documents

Multifamily Rebates Summary (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.



Date last reviewed or modified: 2/25/21
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