Heat Pumps have been a non-traditional heating & air conditioning source for homes in Utah, however with more familiarity and better technology, that trend is changing for the better!
Although natural gas water heaters are the more popular option in our communities, electric water heaters are more energy efficient, and they don’t emit pollutants into the air. Did you know that the second highest pollutant source in Utah county is our homes and businesses? The majority of that is due to the PM 2.5 gasses emitted into the air by furnaces and water heaters.
According to the Department of Energy, water heating accounts for about 20% of the energy consumed in your home. Reducing your hot water, using energy-saving strategies, and choosing an energy efficient water heater can help you reduce your water heating costs.
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A rebate of $500.00 will be offered as an incentive if a high-efficiency* heat pump conversion is completed. *(DOE Standards)
A rebate of $1,000.00 will be offered as an incentive if a dual fuel heat pump conversion is completed.
A rebate of $50.00 will be offered as an incentive if you replace an electric water heater with a new electric water heater. *Valid documentation from a certified plumber is required.
A rebate of $500.00 will be offered as an incentive if you convert a natural gas water heater to a new electric water heater. *Valid documentation from a certified plumber and electrician is required.
The National Energy Foundation (NEF) program promotes energy awareness through an in-school presentation, helping families obtain actual energy savings through student and educator household use of energy knowledge, activities, and reminders.
The target audience is fifth-grade classes within the cities of Levan, Manti, Nephi, Provo, Salem, and Spanish Fork. This includes approximately 28 schools, 90 teachers, 2,400 students and their families.
The first is a fifth-grade energy assembly centered around energy basics, energy conservation, and information on peak demand time.
During the presentation, we give students takeaways like a Home Energy Worksheet Survey, peak demand magnets, and Turn it Off Stickers.
The second is a school to the home component, where students take home a packet containing Energy Action Challenge and other items to help families gain knowledge of the energy that they use.
Add energy-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators to reduce the amount of water released by up to 50 percent.
When shaving or washing, fill the sink half-way instead of running the water. Turning on the faucet only when necessary can save thousands of gallons of water a year, not to mention the energy needed to heat it.
Run your dishwasher only when it is filled to capacity, but not overloaded. This will cut the costs of energy, water, and detergent.
Thermostats should be set and then forgotten. The more you change the setting during the day, the more likely you are to waste energy. Install a programmable thermostat that will give you 4 settings a day. Keeping the temperature a few degrees cooler can lower your heating bill and still keep you comfortable. During the day, keep the thermostat between 65ºF and 68ºF (18ºC to 20ºC).
As a rule, if you have less than three inches of existing insulation in the attic, you should probably add more. When purchasing insulation, check the R-value. The higher the number, the higher the insulating capability.
It takes energy to heat water, so use as little as possible. Most frozen or fresh vegetables can be cooked in a quarter cup of water. Even eggs will cook in this reduced amount if the pan has a tight-fitting lid. Set the temperature of your refrigerator between 37ºF and 40ºF and your freezer at 0ºF for top efficiency. The Food and Drug Administration also recommends these settings to prevent rapid bacterial growth.
Energy conservation is a benefit to you and your community. RenewChoice through its Conserve program offers resources and information to assist those in its member cities conserve energy.