Retail Electric Provider Program

( CoolSaver & Efficiency Connection)

Efficiency Connection
Did You Know...
LEDs don't feel hot to the touch like other light sources. Incandescent bulbs produce heat that is felt in the beam of light, much like the heat that is felt from sunlight. The light from LEDs does not create additional heat in a room.

(Source: www.energystar.gov)

Program Manual

The TNMP Retail Electric Provider (REP) Pilot Market Transformation Program (MTP) provides multiple energy efficiency options that participating REPs can offer directly to their residential customers. Current offerings include high performance A/C tune-up services and high efficiency A/C and heat pump replacements (CoolSaverSM), discounted LED lighting products (Efficiency Connection), and smart thermostats (as a part of both the CoolSaver and Efficiency Connection channels).

COOLSAVERSM

Beat the Texas heat with a CoolSaver A/C Tune-up or Replacement. CoolSaver focuses on training participating A/C contractors (trade allies) to perform high performance Air Conditioner (A/C) and Heat Pump tune-ups and replacements by applying industry best practices. Incentives, paid to the A/C contractor, reduce customer’s upfront cost of system diagnosis, correction, and upgrades, along with ensuring that these systems are correctly installed.

A/C Tune-Ups

Customers benefit from the energy savings achieved when A/C and heat pump system inefficiencies are identified and then specifically addressed during the tune-up. CoolSaver A/C Tune-ups are valued at more than $120 per unit but offered at no cost to TNMP customers in the Gulf Coast and North Texas service areas. CoolSaver A/C Tune-ups are designed to increase energy efficiency, improve indoor comfort and improve humidity control.

During the tune-up, the technician may provide additional recommendations to improve your A/C’s efficiency and performance, including replacement.


A/C Replacements

Residential customer may be eligible to receive an instant discount from a participating trade ally for installing qualifying high-performance A/C systems. Incentives, ranging from $80 to $1,075, vary depending on size and efficiency of the new equipment. Installing a high-efficiency A/C system may help reduce your home’s energy cost and could improve your home’s comfort.

CoolSaver Eligibility

Residential customers who live in single family homes in TNMP’s Greater Houston and North Texas delivery service territories are eligible to participate if their A/C or Heat Pump:

  • is at least 1 year old
  • has not had a CoolSaver A/C Tune-up in the past 5 years
  • is operational (A/C Tune-up only)
  • is not geothermal, window unit, mini-split style equipment

EFFICIENCY CONNECTION

Efficiency Connection offers discounted Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps, through an online marketplace to residential customers of participating REPs. Through the program’s third party online retailer, LED lamps are delivered directly to qualifying residential customers. Participating REPs market the energy saving measures and services to their residential customers in the TNMP service territory.

Efficiency Connection LED Benefits

  • Energy Savings - LEDs require significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent bulbs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing your 60-watt incandescent with 12-watt LEDs will reduce your per-bulb electricity costs by about 70 to 80 percent.
  • Versatility - All of the LEDs offered by Efficiency Connection are dimmable models, making them suitable for living rooms, lounges and other areas where you’d like greater control over light levels.
  • Lifespan - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a high-power white LED can last for 35,000 to 50,000 hours – that’s approximately 2 to 7 times longer than a CFL and 25 to 45 times longer than a traditional incandescent.
  • Light Quality - LED lights turn on instantly, without the flicker that may occur when fluorescent lights power up.
  • Cost - You’ll save up to 40 percent on ENERGY STAR® certified LED light bulbs on the Efficiency Connection site.

SMART THERMOSTATS

Incentives for the replacement of a standard or programmable thermostat with an ENERGY STAR® Smart Thermostat are offered through both the CoolSaver and Efficiency Connection offers. Eligible devices, which are Wi-Fi-enabled and can automatically adjust heating and cooling for optimal performance, are available at a discounted price on the Efficiency Connection online marketplace, up to two devices per residence. Installation of the thermostat will be offered for no additional charge if installation occurs at the time of a CoolSaver tune-up or replacement. See Customer Eligibility above to see if you qualify for free installation.


In order to participate in any component of the REP Pilot MTP, a customer must reside in a residential dwelling located within TNMP’s footprint (see the program manual for participation eligibility details). The intent of the program is to provide the above offer through participating REPs.


For more information, please contact Ashley Mitchell, TNMP Program Manager at (214) 222-4186;
and/or Katie Potts, CLEAResult Program Manager at (214) 302-8172.

© 2016 TNMP. All Rights Reserved.