Summer Savings Community Outreach

Empowering the Community to Save

The months of June through September — one-third of the year — account for 45 percent of all the electricity used by residents. Residents typically use the most water for lawns and landscaping during these summer months.

We usually experience days or weeks with triple-digit-temperatures. Hot weather drives how much electricity and water is used and that use drives the cost of utility bills.

Helping Customers Manage and Lower Summer Utility Bills

To help customers manage and lower utility bills this summer, City of Austin Utilities is scheduling four community outreach events in areas of Austin with high use and high bills.

Austin Energy, which manages City of Austin utility bills, is also reaching out to low- and moderate-income customers and renters to help these customers conserve and lower their bills.

Scheduled Community Events in High-Use Areas

Customers attended the following events to get tips to lower bills, learn about rebates to upgrade home energy and water efficiency, learn about solar and electric vehicle options and learn about local risk for wildfire. If you were not able to attend an event, you can still get the tools and tips you need to save energy and water this summer.

  • Monday, June 24 — 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road
  • Thursday, July 11 — 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street
  • Wednesday, July 17 — 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive
  • Thursday, July 25 — 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W William Cannon Drive

Helping Low-Income Customers Save

Throughout the year, Austin Energy works with community partners to distribute and install energy-efficient LED light bulbs at the homes of low-income customers to help them save on their electric and water bill.

Additionally, Austin Energy continues to help income-eligible homeowners and renters save energy and increase comfort with no-cost weatherization assistance. Improvements may include attic insulation, weatherstripping on doors, minor duct repair or replacement, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, solar screens, and AC equipment inspection and cleaning.

Weatherization measures are dependent upon home energy assessment results and available funding. Dwellings can go through the Weatherization Assistance Program only once every 10 years.

Each year, Austin Energy also hosts an Affordable Energy Summit for more than 130 non-profit social service providers. They learn how their clients who participate in certain federal, state and local assistance programs may qualify for the Customer Assistance Program (CAP). Through this program, Austin Energy and Austin Water provide discounts and waivers on utility bills for qualifying customers.

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Date last reviewed or modified: 5/29/19

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