Energy Efficiency Solutions

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response with Rebates, Incentives, and Community Volunteers

Man Adjusting Thermostat

In 2007, Austin Energy kicked off a new goal with the Austin Climate Protection Plan to achieve 800 MWs of energy efficiency and demand response by 2020 and an incremental 100 MW of demand response to achieve a total of at least 900 MW of Demand Side Management (DSM) by 2025.

Austin Energy’s strategy to reach 800 MW of peak demand savings by 2020 involves a targeted mix of energy efficiency products and services, including demand response programs for residential and commercial customers. These initiatives are complemented by a rate structure that promotes conservation and energy efficiency while improving long-term revenue stability.

Through FY17, the efforts of Energy Efficiency Services and Green Building resulted in 659 MW of demand savings. 

Did You Know?
Energy efficiency and demand response program participation has been over 440,000 Austin Energy customers from FY07 through FY17. Additionally, Austin Energy weatherized 6,700 low-income homes. In FY17, a new proof of concept effort for low-income multifamily properties weatherized over 4,000 apartments adding to the 130,000 completed from FY07.

Customers Pitch in To Conserve

On the hottest afternoons in the summer, Austin Energy transmits a signal that briefly adjusts the thermostats of up to 65,000 residents and businesses who volunteer for smart energy savings events through our Power Partner ThermostatSM program.

These customers have agreed to participate in this initiative to help Austin Energy address peak demand, typically from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on about 25 days per year, to reduce electricity use, minimize expenses, and keep everyone cool. Since its inception, Austin Energy’s program has been a model for the state and nation. This conservation measure was initially offered with no financial incentive to the customer except to help with procuring a thermostat.

As thermostat technology advanced, Austin Energy took the lead in 2013 by offering a new $85 rebate to customers who would install internet-connected thermostats and enroll in smart energy savings. Under this now widely-adopted model, these ‘smart’ thermostats enable utilities to move away from the responsibility of purchasing and installing thermostats. Instead, customers are empowered to purchase the thermostats at retail stores or online at their convenience, install the qualifying units of their choice independently, and enroll the units in smart energy savings events to qualify for incentives.

Austin Energy appreciates customers who join in the effort to responsibly meet energy needs in our community through smart energy savings events with the Power Partner Thermostat program.

See participation details for our PowerPartnerSM thermostat program

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Last Updated: 6/6/18

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