CenterPoint Energy offers improved energy efficiency programs in Arkansas

Houston, October 6, 2010 — CenterPoint Energy is increasing its energy efficiency program offerings in Arkansas to help residential and commercial customers save energy and the environment.

The company’s new programs include rebates for efficient water and space heating, and incentives for efficient boilers, boiler components and food service equipment.

Residential and commercial customers can utilize rebates of $125 to $300 per furnace or space heating system and up to $250 for efficient water heating systems. Commercial customers can receive incentives up to $1,000 for efficient food service equipment and rebates for boilers and boiler components.

For example, CenterPoint Energy recently awarded Southern Arkansas University $8,000 in rebates for installing energy efficient boilers. The project will save the university about $30,000 on their utility bills.

“These are the largest incentives we’ve ever offered in Arkansas, and we hope to make it easier than ever before for customers to make energy-saving improvements,” said Richard Leger, Conservation Improvement Program manager for CenterPoint Energy. “A customer who installs a high-efficiency heating system, a high-efficiency water heater and low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators could reduce their natural gas bill by up to 20 percent-which is good for consumers’ wallets. The reduction in energy use helps the environment too.”

 * Water Heater Rebates — CenterPoint Energy customers can receive a $50 rebate for efficient gas storage systems and $250 on gas tankless systems. After your home’s air conditioning and heating system, water heating is the second largest energy use 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.

 * Heating System Rebates — CenterPoint Energy is providing rebates up to $300 for high-efficiency furnaces and hydronic systems and up to $175 for back-up heating with efficient forced air furnaces. More efficient furnaces can save almost $100 a year on your utility bill. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, it may be time for a replacement.

 * Energy Saving Tips — From caulking windows to programmable thermostats, there are many simple, low-cost or no-cost options for saving energy.

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