Energy Efficiency at Home
Despite our cheap energy costs, utilities are the second biggest cost for homeowners and renters, next to mortgage and rent. We’ve compiled the following resources and information to explain:
- The benefits of energy efficiency
- How to improve your home’s efficiency
- Residential energy code
- Financing options
- How OED supports residential energy efficiency
- How to contact us
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How to make your home more efficientDon’t know where to start? That’s OK! We developed a quick guide that describes a few free, low cost, and higher cost options to get you started. In addition, Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas offer energy auditing services that provide targeted improvements and measures based on an in-person inspection. Energy auditing is a great way to identify specific improvements based on the unique needs of your home. In addition, there are a number of tools and resources to help you reduce wasted energy and cut your energy use overall.
- U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver program offers tips, tricks, and advice on how to cut energy use.
- Energy Saver also published a downloadable Energy Saver Guide with information about reducing energy costs for heating and cooling, air leaks and insulation, and more.
- ENERGY STAR shows you where to start by room or by energy usage.
- Duke Energy offers 100 ways to save energy at home.
- The RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) HERS Index is a helpful guide for measuring energy efficiency in homes. A short educational video produced by the International Code Council detailing the HERS Index and residential building codes can be found here.
Residential energy codeWith the adoption of H.B. 316 on July 1, 2016, all new homes in Utah are required to meet a modified version of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) residential standard. The Utah residential energy code can be found here. In support of the Governor’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) analyzed the cost effectiveness of adopting updated energy codes in Utah. The analysis confirms that updating Utah’s commercial and residential codes to the 2015 standard is cost effective. The analysis concludes that any costs borne in meeting the 2015 commercial energy code would be fully recovered through energy savings in one year; residential costs would be recovered through savings in only seven years.
Financing optionsThe Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is a national database that monitors funding opportunities in Utah. A few financing options that are worth noting include:
- Rocky Mountain Power wattSmart program (utility incentive)
- Questar Gas thermwise program (utility incentive)
- Energy efficiency tax credit (federal tax credit)
- Energy efficient mortgages (federal mortgage)