CPS Energy is excited to announce a new Cool Roof pilot rebate program that will benefit customers who are in the process of replacing or retrofitting their existing roof.
A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. These properties help reduce electricity used for air conditioning by lowering roof temperatures on hot, sunny days. A cool roof is made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles or shingles.
“This innovative pilot program gives customers more energy efficient options as they look to make roofing improvements. A cool roof can significantly reduce cooling energy costs and increase comfort levels, especially during our South Texas summers,” said Cris Eugster, Chief Operating Officer.
How does the program work?
- Customers must purchase/install qualifying roofing materials between June 1 and December 31, 2017.
- Homes must have functioning electrical air conditioning. Window and central AC are both eligible.
- Customers who retrofit their roofs with the qualifying materials will be eligible for a rebate based on the reflectance rating:
- $0.08/sq. ft. for projects with reflectance greater than 40%
- $0.20/sq. ft. for projects with reflectance greater than 65%
- Reflectance values for roof materials can be found at www.coolroofs.org.
District 1 Councilman, Roberto C. Treviño, is a supporter of the Cool Roof rebate program. “I am thrilled to see CPS Energy recognize the value in and promote the use of Cool Roofs. As my SA Under 1 Roof program demonstrates, people can save money while reducing energy consumption by simply choosing a light-colored roof. I applaud CPS Energy for further incentivizing people to make smart, eco-friendly design choices. It is fitting this program is announced close to Earth Day with an early summer roll out.”
According to the Department of Energy, cool roofs can also benefit the environment, especially when many buildings in a community have them. Cool roofs can:
- Reduce local air temperatures (sometimes referred to as the urban heat island effect),
- Increase occupant comfort, and
- Lower peak electricity demand, which can help prevent power outages.
To learn more about the CPS Energy Cool Roof Rebate program visit www.cpsenergy.com/coolroof.