Improve Energy Efficiency for Newly Constructed Utah Homes

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Target: Utah State Legislature

Goal: Improve energy efficiency codes for construction of Utah homes

Due to outdated energy codes, construction of new homes in Utah is not regulated by the latest standards regarding energy efficiency and environmental pollution. Not only do Utah citizens then pay higher energy bills, but their ecological footprint continues to tread heavily on the environment. Energy codes which align with the latest environmental and efficiency standards must be implemented if the next generation of homes are to have a more positive impact on the environment they inhabit.

With the expanding awareness and mounting concern for the environmental state of our planet, many individuals take action by greening their homes. While it makes long-term fiscal and environmental sense, paying to improve the energy efficiency of one’s home can be a costly initial endeavor. Approaching the issue literally from the ground up is a much more shrewd and sustainable venture.

A home is preferably a life-long investment. Historically, houses which are safely built, ideally located and somewhat spacious have been the desired targets for most consumers. Presently, however, better insulation, reduced water use and improved electrical efficiency have become standards by which a growing number of consumers distinguish their options.

It is clear that not everyone shares these values; that may be the most important reason why Utah should implement improved standards for house construction. A home which will ultimately produce cheaper energy bills, both by reducing the need for heat or air conditioning (i.e. insulation), and by using those resources more efficiently when they are needed, is an investment that any smart consumer would jump on. By constructing homes which meet green standards from the outset, Utah citizens can invest in homes which maintain the air quality in the neighborhood, reduce environmental pollution on their property, and use energy much more efficiently.

Quite recently, Rocky Mountain Power, which provides service throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, reached an agreement to increase energy rates on consumers. Such rate hikes have become an all too common trend in the energy management landscape. In the coming months, the Uniform Building Code Commission will make recommendations to Utah’s legislators on the status of energy codes within the state. Utah’s elected representatives must realize the enduring importance of heightened energy efficiency standards. Sign this petition and urge these public officials to encourage environmental health and familial well-being by implementing updated energy codes within their state.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Utah State Legislature,

Your state is currently operating under energy efficiency codes which are six years outdated. New homes are being built which do not come close to meeting the latest accepted environmental standards. Utah citizens who are conscious of this impact are forced to green these homes themselves, which can be a substantial initial financial burden. While this is a smart investment in the long-term, monetarily and environmentally, many families do not have the funds to make this happen. The environment suffers, as do the wallets of hardworking parents shelling out money for high energy bills.

Rocky Mountain Power, which provides much of the energy service to your state, recently increased their rates. With energy bills set to rise even more, the time is now to address the issue of energy codes in your state. Soon, the Uniform Building Code Commission will put forth recommendations to align Utah with the latest standards for energy efficiency and I urge you honor their expertise.

As the environment grows more fragile and the economic state of Utah families more tenuous, Utah must take genuine strides in implementing new energy efficiency policy. Construction of new homes in Utah must be regulated by higher efficiency standards.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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