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Energy Efficiency Programs

With energy tips, money saving programs, and energy audit tools to learn more about how you use energy.

NV Energy is helping you stretch your energy dollar farther than you ever thought possible through programs like:

ENERGY STAR Lighting – One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce your energy bills is to replace your existing incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Right now, Nevada Power is working with participating retailers to offer our customers discounts on energy efficient CFLs. Savings are offered on the types of CFLs at participating retailers while supplies last.

Cool Share for Small Businesses – Cool Share is available to small businesses with A/C units of 10 tons or less. Earn incentives and save money on your bill – while saving energy for us all – with Cool Share, a program designed to help reduce electricity demand and keep prices low during the peak summer season.

High Rise Pilot Program – The EPA ENERGY STAR High Rise Pilot is being developed for Las Vegas. To meet the requirements for High Rise ENERGY STAR certification you will need to meet 20 percent above the 2006 IECC commercial code. Developers can achieve improvement by using energy efficient lighting, energy efficient materials, water conservation, energy efficient water heaters and high-performance HVAC equipment. Improvement to the building envelope and proper installation of energy efficient material and products are all part of the program requirements. HERS inspections and testing will be required.

It's really an honor to be asked by the EPA ENERGY STAR leadership to pilot their High Rise ENERGY STAR Program here in Nevada. The only other pilot is in New York.

ENERGY STAR® Home Benefits

Added Confidence – Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. Instead, look for the government-backed ENERGY STAR label to easily identify homes that are truly energy efficient. Find the house of your dreams and enjoy peace of mind knowing that it also meets strict energy efficiency guidelines.

Lower Ownership Costs – Compared with standard homes, ENERGY STAR qualified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating-delivering $200 to $400 in annual savings. Over the average 7 to 8 years you may live in your home, this adds up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills. Additional savings on maintenance can also be substantial. Financing your home purchase using an energy efficient mortgage can also lead to savings.

Better Performance – Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution, and noise. An energy-efficient home helps ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality, and greater durability.

Smart Investment – To date, more than 5,000 home builders have partnered with EPA to construct more than 840,000 ENERGY STAR qualified homes. By the end of the decade, more than 2 million homes are expected to earn the ENERGY STAR. The trend is clear. By choosing a home with the ENERGY STAR label, you can be confident that it will have an increasingly valued feature when the time comes to sell.

Environmental Protection – Did you know that your home can be a greater source of pollution than your car? In fact, 16 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the energy used in houses nationwide. Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and global warming. Simply put, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate.

Conservation Tips

  • In the cooling season keep the thermostat at 78-80 when people are in the building, 85 at night and on weekends.
  • Turn off appliances and equipment when not in use.
  • Make sure doors to the outside have enough weather stripping.
  • Use ceiling fans to keep the air moving. They can make it feel at least four degrees cooler.
  • Change the furnace filters monthly.
  • Use T-8 fluorescents in overhead lighting.