If you make it down to the River Walk this weekend, there’s a good chance you’ll find a few people dressed up like leprechauns floating down a vividly green River Walk. Every year, it’s tradition for the river to be dyed an emerald shade in tribute to the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. Even if you don’t make it downtown for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, you’ll probably at least scramble in your closet to find a green shirt.
To many, wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day represents spring, shamrocks and Ireland. One of the most common symbols you’ll see people wearing is the four-leaf clover, which represents good luck. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve come up with our own four-leaf clover for energy savings. See if you can find some good fortune in any of the following programs.
There’s no need to search your yard for a four-leaf clover. Instead, you can plant up to five qualified shade trees in your yard and get $50 rebates for each through our Green Shade Tree Rebates program. (There is a lifetime limit of five rebates per address.)
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can save up to 25 percent of the energy a typical household uses. Not only do trees help you save energy, but they increase property value and are crucial to a healthy environment. Now that’s some good fortune!
To qualify for Green Shade rebates, choose five gallon treesor larger from this Qualified Species List on the application form. Trees must be purchased between Oct. 1, 2018 and April 30. Don’t forget your proof of purchase! Application must include a photocopy of the original sales receipt for trees purchased, as well as a photocopy of a recent CPS Energy bill and be postmarked by May 15.
Mow Down Smog
Who doesn’t love blue skies and more green in their wallets? Now through August 31, you can receive up to a $60 credit on your utility bill through our Mow Down Smog rebate program when you purchase one of the qualifying products, such as electric lawn mowers, edgers, blowers and trimmers. Aside from earning a bill credit, you’ll also be helping improve our community’s air quality when you purchase these products.
SaveNow Rebates and assistance programs
Saving energy may not sound as adventurous as searching for a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but you’ll get better results for your efforts if you take advantage of our SaveNow rebates. Are you planning to upgrade your air conditioning or attic insulation before the summer heat arrives? You’re in luck! We have a variety of home energy rebates for central units, attic insulation and more.
How would you like a $150 bill credit? Enroll a qualified WiFi thermostat in your home or business and put energy savings at your fingertips. You’ll be able to control your home’s largest energy user from a smartphone or tablet. Some thermostats allow you to create a personalized heating or cooling schedule while others learn your schedule and habits. Plus, you’ll earn an additional annual $30 bill credit per account for five years.
There are lots of ways to save energy around your home. Click here for some simple tips to get started.
Do you or a family member need help making energy bills more affordable this summer? We offer an average of $5,000 in energy efficiency upgrades at no cost for qualifying families through our Casa Verde program. The upgrades will significantly boost a home’s efficiency with new wall/attic insulation, air sealing measures and more to help you save month after month. Interested? Click here to fill out the form and a member of our team will reach out to help you get started.
Don’t leave summer energy savings to luck
When it comes to saving energy around your home, there’s no need to leave it up to luck. Some might be banking on a mild summer, but we don’t think you want to roll the dice, especially when we hit record high temperatures last year. Instead, prepare your home during these mild spring months before the blistering heat arrives. Now that you don’t have to cross your fingers. Click here to get started on making your own luck with summer energy savings.