Texas law prevents us from offering programs directly to residential customers. If you need home repair assistance and have an annual total household income that is less than 200 percent of current federal poverty guidelines, please refer to this list of Participating Contractors that may be able to help.


Here are some tips that can help make a difference in the amount of electricity you use and money you save:

FREE A/C Tune-Ups

Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.

A Coolsaver A/C Tune-up may improve the cooling output and efficiency of your air conditioning unit by up to 27 percent. A Coolsaver qualified technician will identify ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and implement any recommended improvements.

Eligibility

Offer is available to customers within the CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric's service territory (excluding apartments) who have:

  • A central A/C or heat pump that is at least one year old and operating at the time of service
  • Individual A/C systems that are no larger than 5 tons for residential customers
  • NOT received a Coolsaver A/C Tune-up in the past 5 years.

Enroll now to receive your FREE AC Coolsaver tune-up.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Heating and cooling represents about 50% of your home's energy use. If you replace your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system with a more energy efficient model, you can save money and earn rebates from $150 to $3,000, depending on system size and the system’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating level.

When an air conditioning unit works efficiently, it uses less energy to cool your home. The SEER rating divides your system’s annual cooling output during the cooling season by the total electric energy input for the year. The resulting ratio measures your air conditioner’s cooling efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system. The current minimum SEER standard for an air conditioner in Texas is 14.5; our rebates start at 16 SEER.

Interested in upgrading your unit to take advantage of CenterPoint Energy rebates? Select from our list of approved heat and cooling professionals to get started!

There are also easy ways to improve the efficiency of your existing heating and cooling equipment:

  • Keep your HVAC system clean, including filters, fans, ducts, and vents.
  • Clean or change filters monthly or as recommended by the manufacturer (at a minimum, change the filter every three months).
  • Keep the condensation drain open.
  • Do not block air circulation from vents or cold air returns with furniture or window coverings.
  • Have your system maintained by a professional, certified HVAC professional annually.
  • Ask your HVAC professional to test your ducts for leaks. Ducts that move air to and from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pumps are often sources for air leakage. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20% — and sometimes much more!

Looking for an approved professional? Have questions about potential rebates?

Contact us – we’re here to help.

Thermostat

Consider investing in an ENERGY STAR® certified a smart thermostat to preset your home's heating and cooling temperatures around your schedule. This simple change can provide household comfort, real energy savings and lower energy bills because optimal temperatures are only in-use when the home is occupied.

Ask you contractor for more information regarding the installation of ENERGY STAR® certified smart thermostats. Or save $50 with an instant rebate – learn more. Terms and conditions apply.

Save Money on LED Lighting

Various types of ENERGY STAR® labeled LED lamps are available at discounted prices at participating retailers. The discounts can be found at Houston area Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sam Club stores.

To purchase LED bulbs from an online marketplace.

Questions? How you can save on lighting contact us.

Insulation

Sealing air leaks around your home and adding insulation can help maintain the desired temperature throughout your home more effectively making your home more comfortable and provide savings on your energy bills. CenterPoint Energy recommends that ceiling insultation levels have an R value of R-30 or more for maximum comfort and efficiency.

Select from our list of approved insulation professionals to get started!

Questions? Contact us.

Pool Pumps

Your pool pump could be your home’s second largest energy user, costing you nearly $500 in energy every year!

Variable Speed Pool Pumps:

  • Use up to 70% less energy than standard pool pumps
  • Save you up to $350 per year in energy bills
  • Provide a return on investment in less than two years
  • Reduce the energy required for filtration, cleaning and circulation of swimming pool water
  • Operate more quietly
  • Have a longer useful life

How Do Variable Speed Pool Pumps Save Energy?

Conventional pool pumps use the same high pump speed regardless of the task assigned even though filtration, the number one task of a pool pump, requires one-half the speed (using one-eighth the power) of pool vacuuming. Variable speed pool pumps deliver the right speed for different tasks, using much less energy.

Is it Time to Take the Plunge?

Does your pool pump show these warning signs of wearing out and wasting energy?:

  • Seems less powerful than in the past
  • Makes noise
  • Occasionally gets hot and shuts off
  • Won’t start or starts slowly
  • Is seven to ten years old

If so, it could be time to call a pool services contractor. Select from our list of approved pool pump providers to get started!

Questions? Contact us.

Windows, Doors, and Skylights

Installing ENERGY STAR® certified windows, doors, and skylights can shrink energy bills — and carbon footprints — by an average of 12 percent nationwide, and up to 31 percent in the Houston zone, compared to non-certified products.

To get started, view the benefits of installing ENERGY STAR® certified windows, doors, and skylights.

Questions? Contact us.

Refrigeration Recycling

Got an old fridge?

It’s time to flip it! Refrigerators over 10 years old could be costing you about $110 per year to operate. Get rid of that old energy wasting refrigerator and replace it with a new ENERGY STAR® certified model. Not only will you enjoy a new, state-of-the-art fridge, but you’ll also save energy and money (more than $270 over the next 5 years!) while doing something good for the environment. You could save even more money with available recycling rebates.

View participating Refrigeration Recycling Contractors.

Questions? Contact us.

ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes

What makes ENERGY STAR® certified homes different from other homes on the market?

An ENERGY STAR® certified home is one that has been tested and approved for specific ratings related to insulation, heating & cooling systems, indoor appliances, water conservation, moisture control, construction elements,and overall energy usage.

Select from our list of approved builders to get started!



CenterPoint Energy is an ENERGY STAR® "Partner of the Year".

Questions? Contact us.

Buying or Building a New Home?

CenterPoint Energy promotes local builders who build and certify high performance and ENERGY STAR ® homes. These homes use less energy than those built to the Texas residential building code, providing you with a more comfortable home that operates for less money.

Select from our list of approved builders to get started!


Interested in becoming an approved vendor? Visit our Builders and Developers page.

Having trouble reaching a listed provider, contact us.