By Austin Business Journal

Austin Energy is encouraging homeowners to make energy-efficiency improvements with a $200 bonus rebate through the end of the year.

Homeowners who make all the recommended home improvements could receive more than $2,000 worth of rebates when combined with Austin Energyâ¿¿s regular rebates, Texas Gas Service rebates and a weatherization bonus. Federal tax credits of up to $500 also are available.

Interested homeowners can contact any Austin Energy participating company and schedule an energy assessment of the home. Assessments for older homes are free. More than 50 local heating and air conditioning companies participate and are listed on Austin Energyâ¿¿s website.

Homeowners can also call other companies for bids. However, before any work begins, an Austin Energy staff member will meet with the homeowner and the company on site to review and approve proposed energy-efficiency improvements and incentive amounts.

The rebate program ends Dec. 31.

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