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Advancing Utah's Energy Future

Energy Efficiency at Home

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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

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Energy efficiency saves you money
Every unit of energy reduced means more money in your pocket to spend on things you actually want.

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Energy efficiency means fewer blackouts and power outages
When you cut down on your energy use, it reduces stress on the electric grid, making it less likely that you suffer a blackout or power surge.

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Energy efficiency improves air quality
Reducing your energy use means less pollutants going into the atmosphere, making it easier for you and your kids to breathe easier.

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Energy efficiency means a better quality of life
Well-insulated homes keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. High efficiency products and appliances, like light bulbs, means fewer bulb replacements and long term savings.

How to make your home more efficient

Home energy guide 100x100Don’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 code

With 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 hereIn 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 options

The 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:

OED and residential energy efficiency

Building Talks

OED provides training to general contractors, developers, engineers, architects, building inspectors, code enforcement officials, and other interested professionals on the current residential and commercial energy codes.  These trainings include presentations from industry experts to talk about high performance building practices.  Continuing education credits are available.  Please email scuan@utah.gov if you would like to be notified about future trainings.

Better Buildings Initiative

This initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade.

RESNET Standards Committee 900

OED is a committee member on the RESNET Standards Committee 900. The Committee is responsible for overseeing RESNET’s quality assurance and sampling technical standards and amending the standards.

Contact us

Please direct inquiries to Shawna Cuan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, at scuan@utah.gov or 801-538-8724