Air Conditioner Rebates From CPS Energy

Buying a new air conditioning system for your home is a fantastic investment. Not only do you get the benefits of increased energy efficiency (meaning you’ll save big bucks on your energy bills), but CPS Energy also gives you money back for making that investment! How’s that for a win-win? Champion AC realizes the process of getting air conditioner rebates can be confusing and time-consuming. That’s why our technicians walk you through the process and provide all the paperwork you need in order to apply for them. But before that can happen, you need to know how much money you can expect … Continued

The Perfect Time to Check Your Air Ducts

One of the biggest problems with your home’s comfort often goes unseen. That’s because it’s hidden somewhere you typically avoid – the attic. About 20% of the cooled or heated air in your home is lost due to issues with your air ducts. A leaky duct system can be a major drain on your checking account. It’s a major waste of energy, which is why many utilities – including CPS Energy – offer incentives for you to get your ducts in a row. Champion AC is a CPS Energy-registered contractor. That means you can contact us to perform air duct … Continued

Tax Refund Season is Here, Use the Money for a new HVAC System

Is there anything better than filing your final tax return and realizing that you have a refund on the way? Although this is money that is entitled to you due to an overpayment during the year, it is always nice to feel like you “got the better of the IRS.” With this in mind, you now have one very important question to answer: what are you going to do with the money? While some people are sure to blow it on a shopping spree or something “fun,” others realize the importance of being practical. For those who live in San Antonio, … Continued

IRS Releases Form for 25C Tax Credit

Air conditioning companies across the country have spent the past couple of weeks trying to alert homeowners about the 25C tax credit. At Champion AC, we’ve tried to do our part with blogs about the 25C tax credit and specifics of the AC systems that qualify. In case you haven’t heard about it, this is a tax credit of up to $500 for energy-efficiency home improvement projects made during 2012. This tax credit originally expired at the end of 2011, but it was reinstated a few weeks ago as part of the deal to avoid going off the ‘fiscal cliff.’ … Continued

25C Tax Credit Program Reinstated for Homeowners

Did you make an energy-efficient home improvement in 2012? That means you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $500. That’s because the 25C Tax Credit, which originally expired at the end of 2011, was reinstated as part of the bill to avoid going over the so-called ‘Fiscal Cliff.’ The decision means qualifying home improvements retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012 are eligible for the tax credit. I know what you’re asking – which home improvements are eligible? For an air conditioner to qualify, it must: A split system central air conditioner must meet or exceed 16 SEER … Continued

Time Is Running Out: Federal Tax Credits Expire Dec. 31

Seems hard to believe, but December 31st is just a few weeks away. Did you know there are several home improvement tax credits from the federal government set to expire at the end of the year? One such tax credit applies to new, energy-efficient central AC units. The government will give you a $300 tax credit for buying a 16-SEER/13-EER or higher unit that qualify for the program. You can also get a tax credit for buying things like energy-efficient windows and insulation. The insulation tax credit, for instance, is good for 10% of the cost of a qualified insulation … Continued

Good Time to Check Your Air Ducts

Feels like fall outside, doesn’t it? The change of season (even if it’s temporary for now) is always a good time to start thinking about what’s going on in your attic. The National Comfort Institute says about 80% of homes across the country have problems with air duct design. That means your air conditioning system, no matter how efficient it may be, has to work overtime to keep your home cool or warm. So why is the change of season the best time to think about air ducts? Because it’s not 115 degrees in your attic right now – so you … Continued

Sneak Peek at Next Sales Tax Holiday

Today is Earth Day. While being conscious of our impact on this planet is top of mind, I wanted to let you know about a chance to save energy AND money at the same time. The state is holding it’s next sales tax holiday, by Energy Star, in a little more than a month. It’s May 28-31, otherwise known as Memorial Day weekend. Since some of these are major investments in your home, I thought it would be good to give you some advance notice. Here’s the list of items that are part of the sales tax holiday: Air conditioners … Continued

Lawn Mower and Lawn Equipment Rebates

I don’t know what your yard looks like, but I know it’s about time to break out the lawnmower for the first time this spring. If you’re in the market for a new lawnmower, you’re in luck. CPS Energy is promoting its new “Mow Down Smog” rebate program. According to CPS Energy, a typical gas lawnmower pollutes as much in one hour as driving a car 110 miles. So if you buy a new electric-powered lawnmower or lawn equipment, like electric edgers, trimmers or blowers, you can get up to $60 back in rebates on your electric bill. You can … Continued

CPS Energy’s 5 Steps to Cutting Down on Energy Use

CPS Energy’s 5 Steps to Cutting Down on Energy Use I got an interesting flyer in the mail this week from CPS Energy. It was all about the utility’s STEP program, which sets a goal to cut down on energy usage each year. Turns out San Antonio met last year’s goal – and actually exceeded it by quite a bit. That’s good news. CPS Energy says the 2011 energy consumption reduction goal is even more aggressive, so it has some steps you can take to help out: -Replace any inefficient appliances, when possible, with energy-saving models. (The good news is … Continued

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