Environment

Austin Utilities cares about their community and the environment their community members live in. That is why we have so many programs that not only save you energy and money, but are good for the environment as well.
Conservation Program
The least costly way to save energy is through conservation. Austin Utilities offers a variety of Residential low cost/no cost energy saving tips and Business low cost/no cost energy saving tips to help you conserve energy. Be sure to stop by our office and pick up some of the many energy saving brochures we have available.

Our Conserve & Save rebate program is another way you can help the environment and save energy and money at the same time. We offer great rebates on a variety of Residential Conserve and Save Programs and Business Conserve & Save Programs for energy saving appliances and equipment. CONSERVE energy for the environment and SAVE money for yourself.


Renewable Energy
Solar

The Austin Utilities Conserve and Save solar rebate program makes it more affordable for you to install solar technologies on your home or business. The rebate program, includes both solar electric and solar hot water options, and provides a one-time payment of $.50 per installed watt for solar electric systems (at least .5 kW and up to 10 kW) and $15 per square foot net aperture for solar hot water systems (up to $1,200). The rebate is available in conjunction with the 30 percent federal tax credit for solar technologies and is available on a first come, first served basis.

We realize there are benefits of solar energy beyond energy savings: environmental, societal, and personal, but we encourage you to look to energy efficiency first. Improving the energy efficiency of your home or business is the best use of your energy dollars from a cost-saving, comfort, performance, and value perspective.

To learn more about the terms and conditions, installation, and equipment requirements of the solar rebates, please look over the rebate information found below:
 

I want my own solar system!

 
Solar Electric Rebate
Solar Hot Water Rebate
Simple Steps to Solar
 

Wind Power


Wind is becoming one of the most popular forms of renewable energy. Wind-generated power uses no fossil fuels, produces no emissions and leaves no by-products. A kilowatthour of electricity generated by wind is a kilowatt hour not generated with fossil fuel and that means air quality is improved.



Renewable Energy Interconnection
Customers choosing to install renewable energy systems of 40kW or less that are interconnected to the utility system must contact their utility.   Customers must also obtain proper permitting through the City of Austin.
Guidelines
Application
Diagram

Partners In Planting
Why is Austin Utilities forming so many partnerships to 'green up' Austin? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a household's energy consumption for heating and cooling. Not only that, trees play an important role in the environmental cycle by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen. Another great way to save energy and protect the environment. Always remember to check for underground and overhead utilities before planting trees.
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Water Quality Report
Austin Utilities is committed to providing the highest quality water to its customers. Our annual Water Quality Report contains a variety of drinking water information and describes the testing activities undertaken and results obtained for our city water supply.
Carbon Foot Print
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating, transportation, etc.
The carbon footprint measures all greenhouse gases we individually produce and is defined in units of lbs/year of carbon dioxide equivalent.
 
Rain Barrel
Rain barrels can be placed under a roof downspout to collect storm water runoff that can be used for watering your lawn and flower gardens. This reduces runoff that carries pollutants into streams and rivers. Conserve water in the summer months and help reduce water pollution.
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