Energy efficiency and conservation continue to play an integral role in meeting the demands of the state’s thriving economy and expanding population.

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Programs & Solutions

As we realize increased urbanization, we are also identifying significant air quality impacts and the need for smart growth solutions. Through tight construction of our new buildings, and implementing energy efficiency measures on our existing homes and buildings, we continue to improve Utahns quality of life through reduced emissions, better air quality, and affordable and reliable energy.

The below describes the various energy efficiency programs, resources and research OED offers to residential and commercial entities.

Best Practices

Energy efficiency can be one of the easiest ways to reduce waste, save money, and reduce area source emissions. There are a number of ways to save for all kinds of homes and businesses. Heating and cooling comprise 50 to 70 percent of the energy used in the average American home. It is one of the best places to start for implementing energy efficiency measures. The U.S. Department of Energy Energy Saver Guide starts with simple tips for savings money and energy at home.

About 20 percent of the energy used in the United States is consumed by commercial buildings. Building America Solution Center provides access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, and indoor air quality.

To improve air quality and energy savings, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development is producing a new four-part film series dedicated to advancing energy efficiency in homes and businesses. The series will be hosted by Shawna Cuan, OED’s managing director of energy efficiency and renewable energy, and will feature several key industry and agency partners.

  • Energy Efficiency Tips for Homes

    DIY Energy Efficiency Tips for Homes

  • Energy Efficiency Appliances and Programs

    Energy Efficiency Appliances and Programs

Utah's Renter's Energy Efficiency Guide

Approximately one-third of Utahns are renters. As a renter, it may seem like your options are limited when it comes to improving your home or apartment, but there is a lot you can do to lower your energy bills, reduce your environmental footprint, and improve Utah's air quality.

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Utah's Energy Code

On July 1, 2019, Utah will adopt an amended version of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential buildings, and the 2018 IECC for commercial buildings. A document will be coming soon that summarizes the residential and commercial energy codes.

For more information about the energy code, please refer to Utah’s dedicated energy code website. For technical questions about the energy code, please use the website’s code discussion board.

Building Talks - Utah’s Energy Code Training Program

In partnership with Dominion Energy and Rocky Mountain Power, OED provides energy code education to builders, code officials, and trades. To sign up for the next energy code training, please visit our calendar of events.

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OED has benefited our students through technical work as a result of OED connections and through workshops and events sponsored and planned by OED.

Kody Powell, Ph.D., Director
Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center


A number of financing options are available to overcome the obstacles of capital intensive projects with long payback periods. Visit our energy efficiency financing page to learn more.

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When customers are considering performance contracting, OED’s team is a great independent resource for them to rely on throughout the feasibility study, audits, and project development phases.

Eric Thatcher, Energy & Environmental Solutions