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March 11th, 2010
City to offer rebates for energy efficiency


The City of San Marcos Public Services Department has implemented two new programs to encourage energy efficiency.

Through the Energy Efficient Heating/AC Rebate Program, City of San Marcos residential electric utility customers may receive rebates for making upgrades to heating/ac systems. Rebates are offered for the following:

  • Replacing central heat/AC systems with efficient models,
  • Adding attic/wall insulation,
  • Sealing duct systems,
  • Installing radiant barrier, and
  • Installing programmable thermostats.

Through the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, City of San Marcos residents may receive rebates for upgrading their home appliances to efficient models. Rebates are available for upgrading:

  • Refrigerators,
  • Dishwashers,
  • Clothes washers,
  • Hot water heaters, and
  • Window AC units.

Both programs require the home owner to have a free city energy audit prior to making any improvements.

“The audit enables us to identify the best energy efficiency measures for your home, so we can make recommendations that will give you the most bang for your buck,” said Tom Taggart, Public Services department director. “It also allows us to better track actual energy savings so we know which measures give the city the most bang for our buck.”

The Heating/AC Rebate Program is funded through city electric rates. The Appliance Rebate Program is funded through a federal grant program.

Taggart said, “If you have been thinking of upgrading your central heating/AC unit or appliances, now is the perfect time to do it. The biggest barrier to making energy efficiency upgrades is the upfront cost, and these rebates make a big difference, especially if used in conjunction with existing state and federal rebate programs.”

For information on rebate programs visit the City of San Marcos’ Web site at or contact Conservation Coordinator Jan Klein at 512-393-8310.

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2 thoughts on “City to offer rebates for energy efficiency

  1. I’m glad to see they are including radiant barrier in the rebate plan. Radiant barrier is like a tree over your home. It just makes sense in hot-sunny climates.

  2. Congratulations and best of luck on your rebate plan. I hope many people in the community apply for it. All of the items on your list are all energy saving concepts that help your homeowners and further the needed movement to use less energy.

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