Become a Prosumer for Utah’s Energy Efficiency Efforts

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Become a Utah Prosumer of Green Living

As someone that cares about your community and family, it is in your best interest to become a prosumer. A prosumer is a customer that takes an active role in the products they care about. You can help by buying products and doing things that promote healthy living.

Rocky Mountain Power Efficiency Incentives

One way you can participate in the cause is by replacing your old appliances and fixtures. When your fridge is on its last leg it makes sense to oust it, but what takes its place matters. Choosing Energy Star approved replacements will decrease your energy use.
 
And if you are going to update your home any way you might as well get a discount. Rocky Mountain Power’s Wattsmart program has incentives that promote energy efficiency. This program has different incentives and tips for both homeowners and businesses.

Rocky Mountain Power Free Services

There are a couple of free services that this utility offers to their customers. Taking advantage of them is a good cost effective start to getting involved.
 
Get Your Home Energy Report
Home energy reports are a great way to see what your energy habits look like. Through Rocky Mountain Power you can get free home energy reports. These reports allow you to see your energy use history and how you compare to the neighborhood.

Free Starter Kit: Conserve Water and Electricity

Rocky Mountain Power’s free Wattsmart starter kit includes four LED light bulbs to help you on your path. Homes with electric water heaters also score high-performance showerheads and faucets. These waterspouts help save 3,600 gallons of water per year and LEDs last longer and use less energy.    

Income Qualifying Weatherization

When you protect your home you are less likely to heat and cool the outdoors. Rocky Mountain Power will help low-income customers weatherize their home for free.
 
Depending on your needs you might receive a variety of free services. Some of these services include insulation, energy efficient showerheads and efficient lights.

Rocky Mountain Power Discounts and Incentives

Rocky Mountain Power also provides incentives and discounts on certain updates. These new appliances help make your energy bill more affordable.

Heating and Cooling

The Wattsmart program has rebates for both cooling and heating updates. Cooling rebates include central air conditioners, evaporative coolers, air conditioners and smart thermostats. Their heating rebates encompass ductless heat pumps, electronically commutated motors, gas furnaces and heat pumps

Insulation

Insulation protects you from unnecessarily heating and cooling the outdoors. You can get 10 cents off of every square foot of insulation installed.

Light bulbs

If you are looking into getting energy efficient bulbs in your home, you can get a discount on them. Approved retailers sale Rocky Mountain Power qualified bulbs and fixtures.

Water Heaters

You can save up to $550 when you upgrade your heat pump water heater to a high-performance model. Customers that don’t use much energy, receive $400 cash back instead of $550.

Cool keeper program

Customers with central air receive a $20 credit each November when they join the cool keeper program. When you join, they connect a device to your outdoor central air conditioning unit.
 
This device coordinates the energy use of participating customers in your neighborhood. Which decreases the high electricity demand in the summer.

New Homes

If you are in the process of building a new home building with efficiency in mind could pay off. You can get up to $1,025 on top of saving money on energy bills later. Your incentive depends on the performance measures you have installed.

Multifamily Program

If you are a landlord implementing energy-efficient upgrades are beneficial. Multifamily properties with four or more units may be eligible for a cash back incentive.

Rocky Mountain Power’s Wattsmart Business Program

Getting energy efficient upgrades for your business can get expensive fast. There are seven ways Rocky Mountain Power has decided to help you out.

Upgrades and Incentive lists

Rocky Mountain Power has incentives in place for lighting, heating and cooling. They also have a wide range of equipment incentives.

Small Business Direct

This program helps small businesses upgrade their lighting and energy saving technologies.

Energy Efficiency Project financing

If you don’t have internal funding for business updates you can get a loan from HBC Energy Capital.

Energy Management

When you implement energy management strategies you can receive a discount. Qualifying strategies are credited 2 cents per kWh.

Energy Project Manager Co-Funding

If your business has large energy demands an energy project manager may be necessary. If you determine this position will accumulate at least 1,000,000 kWh of savings Rocky Mountain Power will co-fund the position.
 
After you have hired someone for the position they will give you one-third of the funding or 25,000. You also receive $0.025 per kWh for energy savings achieved by the determined deadline.

Peak Management

There are two programs that Rocky Mountain has that reduce business costs during peak demand.
    1. Their first program is the Cool Keeper program, which helps regulate AC use during the summer.
  1. The second is an Irrigation OAD Control. Irrigators that participate in this program receive energy management devices.

Support Sustainable Living

Participating in a sustainable lifestyle allows you to become a prosumer. The Center for Biological Diversity listed 12 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Their top three were buying recyclable products, big environmental purchases and plastic.

Shopping with Recycling On the Brain

Buying products that can be reduced reused and recycled is key to living a sustainable lifestyle. Many products that we use every day end up in a landfill. If, however, we take the time to put them in a recycling bin we would avoid creating unnecessary waste.

Big Purchases with Environmental Benefits

Buying big ticket items that reduce harm to the environment are worth the investment. Some items to consider include large energy star certified appliances, electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Plastic Say What

Because plastic is harmful to the environment, minimizing use will help the cause. One way you can do this is by using reusable bags. You can also avoid buying products that use plastic.

Make Renewable Energy Part of your Life

One of the biggest ways to get involved in a healthy environment is through renewable energy. People that use renewable energy to power their homes and businesses are prosumers of the cause.

Wind Options for the Average Homeowner

Wind Turbines are mostly found on wind farms. There are, however, some situations in which a wind turbine might be a good option for your home.
 
The main deterrents of small wind turbines are the sound, space, appearance, and local laws and zoning issues. If these aren’t issues for your residence and you have a good amount of wind this could be a good option for you.

Water as a Viable Option for Homeowners

If you have a property with flowing water on it you can use it to turn a turbine that will power your home. With the exception of times of drought or frozen water, this form of energy will produce day and night.

Utilize the Power of the Sun

Rooftop solar panels are the most common solar option.  These panels will produce energy throughout the day. At night you can either use energy that was stored on a solar backup system or you can stay connected to the grid. The best solution for most is staying connected to the grid with solar backup.

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