Energy Efficiency and conservation solutions continue to play an integral role in meeting the demands of our thriving economy and growing population. The below information describes the various energy efficiency programs, resources, and research OED offers to the state and its citizens. Watch the video below for more details on how OED’s energy efficiency programs have been implemented in buildings and schools along the Wasatch Front.
Energy Efficiency at Home
Homes and residencies use more than a ⅓ of Utah’s electricity and natural gas. Despite our cheap energy costs, utilities are the second biggest cost for homeowners and renters, next to mortgage and rent.
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Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Buildings account for 36% of electricity and nearly 20% of natural gas used in Utah. Studies show that in spite of past progress, there is still potential for large energy savings in buildings at a cost of less than 3 cents per kWh and $2.50 per million Btu saved.
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Energy Efficiency in Industry
Industry is the backbone of Utah’s economy. According to the 2013 Utah Manufacturing Industry Profile, Utah’s manufacturing industry is the third-largest employer in the state. Industry benefits from some of the lowest energy prices in the nation; however, energy costs can make up a significant portion of company operation expenses, which is often a substantial controllable cost to the facility and why energy efficiency matters.
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Energy Efficiency News and Events
Utah Ranks #2: In 2016, Utah was ranked #2 in the nation for percentage of ENERGY STAR certified K-12 schools. Approximately 27% of Utah’s schools have been ENERGY STAR certified, demonstrating Utah’s commitment to high performing building for its students.
Utah ranks #10: Utah earned a top ten spot in the U.S. Green Buildings Council annual rating for number of LEED certified buildings across the country. LEED certified buildings are resource efficient, demonstrating reduced energy and water consumption that saves money, improves air quality, and results in greater economic development.
Energy Services Coalition (ESC) Utah Chapter: after a brief hiatus, Utah has reinstated its ESC Utah Chapter to provide education and objective information about energy performance contracting in the state. The Utah Chapter website can be viewed here.
RESNET Standards Committee 900: Shawna Cuan, OED Energy Efficiency Program Manager was elected to the RESNET Standards Committee 900 in May. The Committee is responsible for the development and amending of RESNET’s quality assurance standards.
Please direct inquiries to Shawna Cuan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-538-8724