Rocky Mountain Power Nest Rebate and Solar

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Rebates can be a bit of a pain, but when you take advantage of them, they can save you quite a bit. Rocky Mountain Power has a rebate program called Wattsmart.

Rocky Mountain Power’s Wattsmart and Thermostat Rebate

The Wattsmart incentive program at Rocky Mountain Power is meant to encourage energy conservation. Customers receive discounts or incentives for upgrading appliances or implementing energy-efficient practices.

How the Wattsmart Program Works

This program includes starter kits, weatherization, and energy reports. It also has discounts, incentives, and utility-run renewable programs.

The best part about this program is customers receive incentives for making changes that decrease their energy bill, which compounds the possible savings customers can achieve. These savings compound, even more, when they combine with Utah residential solar power.

The Nest Rebate at Rocky Mountain Power

In Utah, Rocky Mountain Power gives a rebate for approved smart thermostats. As of Nov 2019, Nest thermostats were among the brands on the qualified products list. Customers need to make sure the brand and model of their smart thermostat is on the list at the time of purchase to be eligible for the incentive. 

To qualify for the rebate, customers need to send in a request for the incentive and a receipt or confirmation e-mail. They also need to already live in the home for which you are purchasing the thermostat. Rocky Mountain Power customers can get an instant rebate when they purchase a qualified thermostat on the Nest website.

How Nest Interacts With Solar

Because both solar and Nest thermostats help you save energy, it makes sense that they would pair well together. First, let’s take a look at how the Nest smart thermostat works. Then, we can determine the role that photovoltaics and Utah residential solar power play in this Symbiotic relationship.

Learning How the Nest Thermostat Works

Nest has two different smart thermostats. The first is the Nest Learning Thermostat then there is the Nest Thermostat E.

How the Nest Learning Thermostat Works

The Nest Learning Thermostat acclimates to the homeowner’s preferred settings. Once installed, the customer can adjust the settings to their liking throughout the day. After a week of adjusting the thermostat, the Nest will remember the changes in temperature.

Owners can control the thermostat from their phone for easy accessibility from anywhere. It can also sense if no one is home through the app and go into “eco mode” to help save even more money.

If the customer’s goal is to save money, the Nest can show the home’s energy habits. The temperature can then be adjusted accordingly to conserve more energy.

Functions of the Nest Thermostat E

The Nest Thermostat E is still a pretty good deal, especially with the rebates available. It allows Nest owners to monitor and adjust their temperature settings from anywhere. They can also have it set to turn temperatures down when the person with the app on their phone leaves the house.

Its e-savings feature allows customers to save even more. E-savings notifies Nest owners of the energy-conserving temperature for their home with a green leaf icon.

Unlike the Learning Nest, the Nest Thermostat E has fewer sensors and aesthetic options. The Nest Thermostat E is also compatible with fewer heating and cooling systems.

Using the Nest Thermostat with Utah Residential Solar

One of the main selling points of Utah Residential Solar is the savings and returns of solar. Solar fist saves homeowners from utility rate increases. Once the system is paid off, customers save even more.

When Rocky Mountain Power Customers start using solar with Nest, they increase their energy savings. First, they save 10 to 15 percent on heating and cooling expenses. Then the savings continue because solar power produces most or all of the energy consumed.  

Optimize the Solar Experience With the Nest Thermostat

If all solar customers did was purchase the solar equipment, they would save quite a bit. However, if they want to save even more, it only takes a couple of minor adjustments.

How the Nest Thermostat Optimizes Solar for Utahans

Net metering is one of the most attractive solar metering policies. Many utilities are trying to make solar less attractive by implementing unattractive solar metering policies in the place of net metering. 

These metering policies often charge/pay customers more for energy during times of high demand. The problem is that people are more likely to be home using power when the sun isn’t out.

This problem is why planning high energy activities during the day, when the sun is out, works to solar customer’s benefit. The customer isn’t charged the higher rate when the dishwasher is run during the day’s peak sun hours

Running these appliances during the day doesn’t cost extra because the solar production covers it. Being conscientious of when other appliances are run has the same impact.

Why Go Solar Group Encourages Solar Homeowners to Get a Smart Thermostat

Go Solar Group encourages Nest Thermostats because they are one of the best ways to compound Utah solar savings. They also work with most 24-volt heating and cooling systems, which makes them easier to install.

We believe the technology that helps you save money is worth the investment, which is why Go Solar Group will install a Nest thermostat with the purchase of a solar array.


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