The central city of a major MSA,
Austin, Texas, publishes its own video reporting on
local issues, like this one on local energy efficiency.
AustinEnergy has brought back its best offer ever deal,
which allows customers to receive both rebates and a loan
to make energy efficiency improvements.
The rebates can total as much as $3200,
and can cover as much as a third of the cost of the improvements,
including the air conditioning unit.
Remaining costs after the rebates can be financed through a
low interest loan through the Austin Credit Union.
The best offer ever is financed in part by a $10 million
better buildings grant from the U.S. Department of Energy….
The one on the right is 10 SEER (he had two);
the one on the right is a 17 SEER (the new one).
The new one has a separate dehumidifier and a two-stage
It doesn’t have to cut on full blast every time,
which cut Paul’s energy cost for cooling by 40%.
Detroit officials intentionally cut power to city hall and a convention
center Thursday to prevent the municipal power system from crashing from
high energy demand — even though temperatures had tapered to the 70s
after two days above 90. Equipment failures knocked out power to several
other government buildings and traffic lights in parts of the downtown.
“Because there was a short window of time, we had to make a decision
to take some of our customers off to prevent a blackout of the entire
city,” Detroit mayoral spokeswoman Karen Dumas said.
Too bad they didn’t have solar, which would have provided peak power
at peak load.