ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence
Austin Energy is an electric utility delivering power to more than 330,000 households in the Austin area, adding 11,000 households in 2009. The company is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its long-standing effort to truly transform the market of energy efficiency. Austin Energy has become the "go-to" expert, resulting in a large number of residents and contractors who participate in its efficiency programs. This is the fourth time Austin Energy is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition. Key accomplishments include:
Achieving remarkable results by exceeding its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR retrofit goals by completing more than 2,600 retrofits in 2009, for a total of 8,400 retrofits since the program launched in 2006.
Saving approximately 5.2 MWh and 4.8 MW in 2009 through its loan and rebate programs, an increase of 20% over the previous year.
Improving its rebate process by conducting an additional six contractor orientations for a total of 20, ensuring that participating companies are equipped to guide customers through the process.
Working with realtors to deliver efficiency upgrades at point of sale, in response to Austin City Council's new mandate for all homes older than 10 years to have an energy audit before selling a home.