ELECTRIC WATER HEATER REBATE
Georgetown Utility Systems (GUS) is committed to helping our customers save money on their electric bill. If your conventional electric water heater was purchased prior to 2015, it may not be as efficient as it could be since national standards have changed. GUS electric customers choosing to replace their old conventional electric water heater with a new electric model having an energy factor (EF) rating of .95 or higher will be eligible for a $100.00 rebate.
Looking for an upgrade? Replace that old conventional electric model with a new electric heat pump (hybrid) unit with an (EF) rating of 2.0 or higher for a $500.00 rebate.
To be eligible for an electric water heater rebate, you must be a GUS electric customer and owner of the property where the new unit will be installed.
Licensed Contractor/Plumber Installation
Water heater replacement for GUS electric and water customers within the Georgetown city limits requires a permit prior to installation and an inspection afterwards. If a licensed contractor/plumber is performing the installation, they must be registered with the GUS permitting department prior to beginning work. The contractor/plumber will apply for the permit and schedule the inspection.
If you are replacing your water heater yourself, you still need a permit and follow-up inspection. You may apply for the permit and schedule the inspection here: www.mygovernmentonline.org. Click on Permits & Licensing and follow the instructions. Remember to log back on to schedule your inspection once installation has been completed.
Whether you install your new electric water heater yourself or hire a licensed contractor/plumber, the following requirement MUST be met:
- A city permit must be obtained prior to installation (see special permitting exceptions below). You may apply for your permit here: mygovernmentonline.org
- The new water heater must be installed to meet all city codes.
- The new water heater must be permanently installed in the home.
- The new water heater must be inspected by a GUS building inspector once installation is complete. You may schedule your inspection here: mygovernmentonline.org
- The new water heater must be electric. Gas appliances do not qualify.
Special Permitting Exceptions
GUS electric customers living outside the city limits may or may not be required to obtain a permit and follow-up inspection depending on several factors. If you live outside the city limits and are considering applying for a rebate, please call our customer care unit first to determine if a permit and inspection is required for your address.
You can reach our Customer Care department at (512) 930-3640.
Applying for a Rebate
Applications for the rebate must be accompanied by a copy of the invoice (if using a licensed contractor/plumber) or a copy of your receipt from the place of purchase.
Fill in all boxes on the rebate form. Incomplete applications may delay your rebate or cause it to be denied.
There are four ways to submit your application for rebate:
1. Print and submit the paper form with invoice or receipt in person at the Georgetown Municipal Complex located at 300-1 Industrial Blvd., Georgetown, TX 78627. The rebate form can be downloaded here.
2. By mail:
Georgetown Utility Systems
Attn: Energy Coordinator
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627
3. Scan and email form and invoice or receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Submit your application by using the online form found here: http://records.georgetown.org/Forms/WHRebate. You will be required to attach a copy of your invoice or receipt.
Things to remember when applying for a rebate:
You must submit your rebate application within 30 days after the follow-up inspection. You will need the following information to complete the application:
- GUS Customer Account Number
- Type of water heater (conventional or hybrid)
- Name of the manufacturer of the new water heater
- Model number of the new water heater
- Serial number of the new water heater
- Energy factor (EF) of the new water heater
- Size (gallons) of the new water heater
- Receipt/Contractor Invoice
If you are a Georgetown Utility Systems (GUS) electric customer, we would like to invite you to try LED light bulbs for free! Through the LED Exchange Program, GUS electric customers can trade-in 4 incandescent or 4 CFLs for 4 LED lights (10w) up to four times per calendar year at the Georgetown Municipal Complex (GMC).
Just stop by the GMC building to receive your free LED light bulbs. There is a short request form you will need fill out when you get there, or if you would like to fill it out at home and bring it in, you can download it here. Remember to bring your old bulbs with you for proper recycling.
The Georgetown Municipal Complex is located at 300-1 Industrial and is open 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday except for scheduled holidays.
Are you thinking of going solar?
It is a big investment, So be prepared to do your research!
Start with a process of education and understanding before you make the move to sign a solar contract. Knowing the process ensure that you sign a contract that is right for you.
Start by understanding your current monthly energy needs and how it may change in the future. Consider how much you would like to offset with solar. Also, network and seek advice from family, friends and neighbors who have experience with going solar. Armed with information, you can now evaluate if solar is right for you and how much solar energy you will need.
Once you have decided to go solar there are several things that need to take place.
1. Obtain Your Energy Use
Signing up for GUARD through Georgetown Utility Systems will help you learn about energy management and consumption. GUARD is your online source to obtain your last 12 months of energy use. Equipped with your account number log on and answer the questions. When moving forward, the actual annual energy production in kWh (kilowatt hours) is the maximum amount of energy production allowed for a solar system on your home. Smaller solar systems may be of any size you choose.
2. Energy Efficiency
Creating energy efficiency inside the home is also an important step before going solar. Reducing your energy needs is typically more cost effective than going solar; and reducing your energy use also means you can install a smaller, less costly solar system.
3. Consider Your Purchasing Options
This is a big decision – evaluate your options carefully. Will you own the solar system or lease the solar system. They all have different financial impacts on your bottom line.
4. Hiring the Solar Contractor
Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business, talk to three (3) or more contractors before making a decision! Contractors will evaluate factors that affect your PV system performance such as the roof size, orientation of the system, shading and other factors. Typically, the contractor will complete the paperwork and apply the City of Georgetown Permit and Solar Interconnection package on your behalf. The contractor will work with you until the utility provides approval for you to turn the system on.
5. City of Georgetown Permit Requirement
All solar systems that are installed to offset energy use in your home or business are “grid-tied” and must receive a City of Georgetown permit and final permit approval before the system may be turned on. The contractor usually takes care of this for you. This is one of two approvals that are required before you obtain Permission to Operate.
6. Interconnection Requirements
In addition to the permit, all solar systems that are installed to offset energy use in your home or business are grid-tied and must have a Georgetown Solar Interconnection approval inspection before the system may be turned on. The contractor usually takes care of this for you. This is the second of the two approvals that are required before you obtain permission to operate.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT CUSTOMER CARE (512)930-3640
Proper heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (known in the trade as HVAC) are key to maintaining a comfortable, healthy and productive work environment. Collectively, these systems account for approximately 40% of the electricity used in commercial buildings. Improved heating and cooling performance along with substantial energy savings can be achieved by implementing energy-efficiency measures.
Whether you wish to improve the efficiency of your existing heating and cooling systems or are considering upgrading to a new system, the information on this page will help you to make informed decisions!