CPS Energy weatherized 30,000 homes to help customers save energy for lower utility bills
February 10, 2023 (SAN ANTONIO) – This morning, CPS Energy’s Casa Verde Program celebrated the weatherization of 30,000 homes throughout the San Antonio community. This program has changed the lives of many CPS Energy customers, from lower utility bills to an increase in comfort in their homes, especially during hot summers and cold winters.
To highlight this impactful program, CPS Energy and the City of San Antonio came together to celebrate this Casa Verde milestone and learn about the work that was done to the 30thousandth home in the Far West Side of San Antonio.
“Casa Verde is focused on equity and lowering the energy burden amongst the most vulnerable residents which aligns with our Vision 2027 mission of serving our customers equitably,” said Rudy D. Garza, President and CEO of CPS Energy. “Today we celebrated the weatherization of 30,000 homes but remain committed to continue the growth of this critical program to help our customers.”
The Casa Verde Weatherization program helps income-qualifying homeowners and renters reduce energy loss and costs with free energy efficiency improvements. Participants receive on average $4,500 in free home weatherization improvements, saving approximately $450 a year in energy costs. CPS Energy plans to invest $82.5 million in Casa Verde to weatherize up to 16,000 homes and 20,000 multifamily units over the next 3-5 years.
Casa Verde participants receive an energy assessment of their home to determine what improvements will have the greatest impact on energy savings. Energy-saving measures may include attic insulation, wall insulation, solar screens, air-sealing measures, replacement of incandescent light bulbs with LEDs and duct sealing in addition to some health and safety measures.
Casa Verde is part of CPS Energy’s new Sustainable Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP). The STEP program’s goals include 410 megawatts (MW) of energy demand reduction, 1% energy savings per year system wide, and 1.85 million tons of avoided carbon. STEP’s award-winning energy efficiency and conservation programs received approval in 2022 for $350 million in funding over five years from our Board of Trustees and San Antonio City Council. This plan includes community solar and other solar offerings for more low-to-moderate income customers; energy storage; electric vehicle (EV) charging; educational curriculum to promote behavioral changes towards energy conservation; demand response in the form of technology like smart thermostats both in homes and businesses; and support for the commercial sector to become more efficient through traditional energy efficiency rebates and other new programs.
CPS Energy customers interested in applying for the Casa Verde program can do so by filling out the application form found here, forms are available in English and Spanish. To learn more about the Casa Verde program customers can call 210-353-CASA (2272), email [email protected], or visit our website at cpsenergy.com/casaverde and cpsenergy.com/casaverde-programa
To learn more on weatherization and to see what was done to the 30 thousandth home view the Weatherization Celebration Video.
About CPS Energy
Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas, and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively priced service to 907,526 electric and 373,988 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities while generating $9 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than eight decades. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development, and educational investment. We are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.