The City of San Antonio and CPS Energy are partnering to encourage tree planting to save on cooling costs. From October 2012 to April 2013, CPS Energy customers can get up to five rebates by planting trees on their property. Customers can earn up to a $50 rebate on their utility bills for each tree purchased and planted, for a maximum of $250 with five trees.
Trees planted on the west, south and east sides of your home or business provide shade from the sun during the hottest times of the day. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can potentially reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling by 25 percent. Beautiful and shaded landscaping also can add to the property value.
Rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Customers who received the maximum of three rebates in the last two planting season are eligible for up to two additional Green Shade rebates.
To qualify, you must be a CPS Energy customer and
- Purchase a tree(s) in at least a size #5 container (5 gallon) or larger between October 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.
- Call 8-1-1 at least 48 hours before digging to avoid hitting underground utility lines and as required by law.
- Plant tree(s) within 10–30 feet of an air-conditioned home or building and on the west, south, or east side. Trees planted on the north side will not qualify.
- Complete and sign the rebate application and mail it in with the original sales receipt and a planting location map.
For a list of trees that qualify for the program, complete rebate guidelines, or to download an application and tree planting instructions, visit CPS Energy's Green Shade Tree Rebates. For more information, call 210.353.2728.