The Cleanest and Cheapest Energy Choice of All
With the dramatic growth of solar and wind energy in the last decade, it’s easy to overlook the value of energy efficiency to reduce costs for customers, help Utah meet its energy needs and reduce our environmental impact.
What’s the cleanest and cheapest energy choice? Finding ways to not use it at all. That’s why over the past 10 years, we’ve invested nearly $500 million in energy efficiency programs that teach consumers about real ways to save energy. We’ve seen big results. The programs have reduced Utah’s energy use by more than 2 million megawatt-hours, or enough to power 250,000 homes for a year.
Energy Efficiency Program Results
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Our Energy Programs
Rocky Mountain Power’s award-winning wattsmart programs offer a range of cash incentives and other services for residential and business customers to reduce energy use and costs—including with heating and cooling equipment, lighting and appliances.
In the community
Every other year, we invite customers to show how they save energy and money by entering a video into our Act wattsmart video contest. See the clever ways our 2015 winners made wattsmart changes to their home.
How You Can Save
Looking forward, we plan to meet 87% of our forecasted growth in energy use over the next 10 years through energy efficiency, reducing the need to build new power plants. You can help by making small changes in how you use energy.
Tips to save energy and money at home:
- Set your thermostat to 68° in the winter and 78° in the summer.
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature in your home.
- Set your water heater to 120°F and use efficient showerheads.
- Switch to ENERGY STAR qualified LED bulbs.
- Wash clothes in cold water, and wash only full loads.
- Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every use.
- Set your refrigerator temperature between 37° and 40°F, and your freezer at 0°F.
- Unplug old refrigerators in garages or basements that might be used as storage but are inefficient and not fully utilized.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Plug home electronics, such as TVs, DVD players and computers into power strips and turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.
- Improve your home’s heating and cooling systems by cleaning or replacing furnace filters and scheduling routine system maintenance to help air flow through the system more efficiently.