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Get Solar Ready: Energy Efficiency

Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu once remarked, "Energy efficiency is not just low-hanging fruit; it is fruit that is lying on the ground." Not only is it cheap and easy to improve energy efficiency in our homes, the need for energy efficiency is staring us in the face. Our homes, buildings, and daily habits lead to quite a bit of energy waste.

One of the best investments you can make for your home is energy efficiency. Energy efficiency upgrades are great for the environment. They increase the comfort of your home while maintaining its character and decreasing energy costs. Energy efficiency is not just for older homes. Even if your home is relatively new, you could be saving valuable energy and money. 

Summit Community Power Works is here to help!

If you live in Summit County and are interested in taking energy efficiency measures, you're in luck! Summit Community Power Works (SCPW) is here to help! SCPW is helping Summit County residents reduce their energy usage in competition for the $5 million Georgetown Energy Prize. If Summit County wins the prize, it will be reinvested into sustainability measures in the community. You can read more about SCPW on their website here: scpw.org 

SCPW: Lighting Efficiency 

Did you know that one of the easiest and most impactful changes that you can make is to replace your light bulbs with highly efficient LEDs? Not only are LEDs up to 80% more efficient, but just one LED can save you more than $200 in electricity costs. Read SCPWs LED Lighting Action Plan here to find out more about making the switch to LEDs!  

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SCPW: Appliance Efficency

In addition to lighting efficiency, SCPW is helping with appliance efficiency. The guide below helps to inform how you use your appliances. Did you know that plugging you appliances into power strips and turning the power strips off when not using your appliances can save over $200 per year?  

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An Essential Solar Complement

As you consider solar energy for your home, include simple energy efficiency measures that reduce your home energy consumption. Going solar while increasing energy efficiency may improve your systems return on investment (ROI). Your solar-powered home will be more comfortable and will require less energy.

Not Ready to Install Solar?

If you have determined that your home is not currently suitable for solar, improving its energy efficiency can have a positive impact on your pocket book and the environment -- it is the quickest and easiest way to reduce our impact, and it is available to anyone at all income levels. 

Additionally, Rocky Mountain Power will soon begin offering their Subscriber Solar program. This program allows their customers to purchase some or all of their electricity from a "solar farm" that is currently under construction in Central Utah. This is a great option for people who cannot install solar, but want to support the increased adoption of renewable energy! The program allows you to lock in all or part of your electricity costs for years to come. High energy users will even see a reduction in their monthly utility bills.  

How Can You Get Started?

Energy efficiency improvements come in many forms, and quite a few can be performed without a contractor. From changing light bulbs, to weather-stripping doors and windows, to working with a home-performance contractor -- there are many things you can do to save money on energy bills and do your part for clean energy! There are also rebates available for energy efficiency improvements which can help save you even more money!

For information on how to audit your home's energy efficiency, check out these auditing tools:

Home Energy Checklist

Utah Home Performance

For information about energy efficiency rebates available through local utilities, check out the resources below:

Rocky Mountain Power Rebates

Questar Gas / Thermwise Rebates

Additional Resources

Take the Energy Star Pledge!

Visit Utah Clean Energy's Energy Efficiency page for more information.