HOUSTON - Jan. 31, 2012 - CenterPoint Energy's
natural gas customers now have an even greater incentive to
save energy and the environment through the company's
increased energy efficiency program offerings.
CenterPoint Energy's programs include rebates for
efficient space and water heating, free energy saving
showerheads and incentives for efficient boilers, boiler
components and food service equipment. In addition,
commercial customers can receive custom rebates for
projects that reduce natural gas usage and positively
impact the bottom line.
In 2012, residential and commercial customers can utilize
rebates up to $600 per furnace or space heating system and
up to $500 for efficient water heating systems -
double the amount of 2011 rebates. Commercial customers can
receive incentives up to $1,000 for efficient food service
equipment and significant rebates for boilers and boiler
"Customer's could reduce their natural gas bill by up to 20
percent with the installation of a high-efficiency water
heater, high-efficiency heating system and low-flow
showerheads and faucet aerators," said Monica
Beard-Raymond, manager of conservation programs for
Arkansas customers. "We hope these substantially increased
rebate amounts make it even easier for customers to make
energy-saving improvements. The reduction in energy use not
only helps the customer's wallet, but the environment as
Residential Energy Efficiency Program Details
Heating System Rebates - CenterPoint Energy is offering
rebates up to $600 for high-efficiency furnaces and up to
$175 for back-up heating with efficient forced air
furnaces. More efficient furnaces can save almost $100 a
year on a customer's utility bill. If a furnace is more
than 15 years old, it may be time for a replacement.
Water Heater Rebates - CenterPoint Energy customers
can receive a $75 rebate for efficient natural gas
storage systems and $500 on natural gas tankless systems.
After a home's air conditioning and heating system, water
heating is the second largest energy user and energy
expenditure in the home. By replacing inefficient water
heaters with efficient gas storage heaters or gas
tankless systems, depending on operating conditions, a
household can save $61 to $115 a year on utility bills.
Free Energy Saving Showerheads and Faucet Aerators -
CenterPoint Energy customers can save money, energy and
water at no cost. CenterPoint Energy offers customers up
to three free energy saving showerheads and faucet
aerators. Using just one energy saving showerhead and one
faucet aerator can reduce the average family's hot water
use by more than 3,000 gallons in a single year.
CenterPoint Energy customers can download energy saving
tips at http://www.CenterPointEnergy.com/ArkansasRebates.
Commercial Energy Efficiency Program Details
CenterPoint Energy's commercial customers can enjoy the
same water heating and space heating rebates offered to
residential customers. In addition, they can take advantage
of the following programs:
Boiler and Boiler Component Rebates - Energy
efficient boilers provide long-term savings on energy
bills. CenterPoint Energy rebates can provide thousands
of dollars towards boilers that are 85 percent or
more efficient. Rebates are also available for boiler
components such as modulating boiler burners, vent
dampers and controls.
Food Service Rebates - From boilers to fryers,
CenterPoint Energy offers rebates up to $1,000 for a wide
variety of food service equipment. Equipment upgrades can
help restaurants, cafeterias and schools increase
quality, save time and reduce energy costs.
Commercial and Industrial Solutions Program -
Commercial facilities often have complex energy issues
and untapped opportunities for energy savings.
CenterPoint Energy's Commercial Solutions Program offers
financial incentives along with technical and consulting
assistance to help commercial customers identify and
implement energy efficiency projects that reduce gas use
at their sites. The program also offers free direct
installation of low-flow devices that save on water and
sewer costs as well as energy to qualifying customers.
All homeowners, businesses and schools served by
CenterPoint Energy in Arkansas are encouraged to take
advantage of CenterPoint Energy's energy saving programs
that can lower energy usage, costs and help the
environment. To learn more, please visit CenterPointEnergy.com/ArkansasRebates.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas,
is a domestic energy delivery company that includes
electric transmission and distribution, natural gas
distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services,
interstate pipelines and field services operations. The
company serves more than five million metered customers
primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi,
Oklahoma and Texas. Assets total nearly $21 billion. With
about 8,800 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its
predecessor companies have been in business for more than