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.
Weather drives how much electricity and water is used and that use drives the cost of utility bills. This summer will be hotter and drier than normal with 40 or more triple-digit-temperature days expected.
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
- Monday, July 23 – 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road
- Tuesday, July 31 – 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Will Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Road
- Thursday, August 9 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street
- Tuesday, August 28 – 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Riverbend Church Campus (Building Quad 4), 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy
You can get tips to lower your summer utility bills, talk to a representative about your energy and water usage, monitor your usage from your phone or tablet and learn about rebates to upgrade home energy and water efficiency.
Helping Low-Income Customers Save
This summer Austin Energy is working with 59 community partners to distribute and install 15,000 energy-efficient LED light bulbs and 2,000 low-flow water faucet aerators 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, water-saving improvements 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.
Community Connections Resource Fair
The Community Connections Resource Fair hosted by Austin Energy brings services to targeted moderate- and low-income neighborhoods of Austin by providing information to residents who may need assistance with basic needs. This year's free, family-oriented event will be:
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
Travis High School
1211 E. Oltorf Street
Helping Apartment Residents Save
Community partners will help distribute and install more than 50,000 LED lights bulbs and 10,000 low-flow water devices this year at apartment properties in low-income areas to help residents lower their City of Austin utility bill.
Austin Energy also works with apartment owners and managers to offer rebates to help efficiently control heating, lighting and cooling costs at their properties without compromising comfort for residents. This year, an estimated 2,500 units will receive energy upgrades.
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