As someone that cares about your community and family, being a prosumer in energy development and use will help you to reach your goals of healthier living. A prosumer is a customer that takes an active role in the products they care about.
Because we are a solar company, we are going to look at energy efficiency as an example. If you are interested in conserving energy, you can become a prosumer by taking the steps to make your use of energy more efficient.
Rocky Mountain Power Incentives
Rocky Mountain Power has incentives that promote a more energy efficient lifestyle with their Wattsmart program. This program has different incentives and tips for both homeowners and businesses.
As a homeowner you are well aware that electricity, although a necessity of everyday life, can cost quite a bit per month. Thankfully Rocky Mountain power has implemented a program to help you lower that bill.
Online tools and free services
Home energy reports through Rocky Mountain Power allow you to see how your energy use has changed over time and how efficient you are in comparison to neighbors with similar sized homes.
Free Starter Kit
Rocky Mountain Power’s free Wattsmart starter kit includes four LED light bulbs to help you on your path to saving electricity. If you have an electric water heater, when you ask for their starter kit they will also give you free high performance shower heads and kitchen an bathroom faucet aerators. These help save 3,600 gallons of water per year.
Income Qualifying Weatherization
If you qualify, Rocky Mountain Power will help you to weatherize your home for free. This could be anything from installing insulation and energy efficient shower heads to efficient light bulbs.
Discounts and incentives
Rocky Mountain Power also provides incentives and discounts on certain items, making your energy bill more affordable.
Heating and Cooling
Through the Wattsmart program you are able to get up to $300 off central air conditioners, $1,300 back for ductless heat pumps, $100 back for electronically commutated motors, $175 off of evaporative coolers, $150 off of gas furnaces, $750 back for heat pumps, $20 off of room air conditioners and $50 back for smart thermostats.
You can get 10 cents off of every square foot of insulation that is installed. Like their other programs, you do need to qualify for the discount and use installers that are approved by them, so you will need to confirm the qualifying specifications.
If you are looking into getting energy efficient bulbs in your home, you can get a discount on them if you get one of Rocky Mountain’s qualified bulbs and fixtures from one of their approved retailers. They have a list on their website of which retailers in each city and which products are discounted.
You can save up to $550 when you upgrade your heat pump water heater to a high-performance model. If you only consume enough energy to qualify has a tier 1 customer, which means you don’t use as much energy, you are given $400 cash back instead of $550.
Cool keeper program
For those of you who have central air you can receive a $20 credit each november when you decide to join the Rocky Mountain cool keeper program. When you join, a device is connected to your outdoor central air conditioning unit. This device coordinates participating customers in your neighborhood so that there isn’t has high of a demand for electricity in the summer.
If you are in the process of building a new home, making sure that you are building above the current energy code requirements could mean up to $1,025 back in your pocket. The incentives that you get depend on the performance measures you are having installed.
Multifamily properties with four or more units can get a cash back incentive for implementing energy-efficient upgrades recommended by Rocky Mountain Power’s experts. Eligibility and other related questions can be answered through contacting Rocky Mountain power or looking at their website.
Getting energy efficient upgrades for your business can help you in more ways than one. Looking into Rocky Mountain Power efficiency programs for business could be key in taking an active role in your energy efficiency.
Upgrades and Incentive lists
Rocky Mountain Power has incentives in place for energy-efficient lighting, lighting controls and non-general illuminance, evaporative cooling, heating and cooling, electronically commutated motors and HVAC VFDs, green motor rewinds, building envelope, compressed air, food service equipment, appliances and office equipment, farm and dairy, irrigation, oil and gas and wastewater, refrigeration. If any of these seem like things that you might want to improve, we recommend taking a closer look at their program for this product and what you will need to do to qualify.
Small Business Direct
This program helps small businesses to upgrade their business efficiency with LED lighting and energy saving technologies. They help in the form of incentives to help you afford the improvements that you are implementing.
Energy Efficiency Project financing
If internal funding to update your business is not an option, you can look into Rocky Mountain’s partner, HBC Energy Capital, to see if they can provide a loan that will work for your needs.
If you have an energy saving project in mind that isn’t listed, a Rocky Mountain Power representative will talk with you and let you know what recommendations they have for your project.
When you implement energy management strategies through Wattsmart business, you will get 2 cents per kWh off your power bill.
Energy Project Manager Co-Funding
If you have found that you are in need of an energy project manager Rocky Mountain Power will partner with you to co-fund the position. They will fund an additional $0.025 per kWh for at least 1,000,000 kWh in energy savings.
There are two programs that Rocky Mountain has to help reduce costs during times of peak demand for electricity. Their first program is the Cool Keeper program, which helps regulate AC use during the summer. The second is an Irrigation OAD Control. When irrigators decide to participate in this program they are given new devices that provide visibility of their energy consumption and manage and monitor their system.