|Simple energy efficiency techniques like installing additional insulation in your home can have dramatic cost saving impacts on your heating costs.
Energy efficiency continues to be a high priority in public buildings around the state and in North Dakota homes. Over 11,000 energy efficiency and renewable energy rebates were given out to North Dakota residents and businesses resulting in $3.4 million in energy cost savings.
Energy Efficiency in North Dakota
- The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department and NDSU Extension Service provided education and technical assistance on energy efficiency and conservation through programs such as Home Energy 101, home builders educational seminars, 4-H leader training on the importance of home energy, and energy savings opportunities related to grain drying.
- Energy conservation efforts helped weatherize almost 3,500 homes for low-income individuals across North Dakota.
- North Dakotan’s received 3,800 rebates (at $150 each) for ENERGY STAR refrigerators, and will save approximately 2 million kilowatt hours annually.
- Approximately 164 local government buildings across the state have been retrofitted through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant annually saving over $1.1 million.
- In 2010, ND Switch launched a statewide effort asking North Dakotans to make small energy use changes that collectively create a big impact. A variety of resources is available at www.NDSwitch.com.
- The state building code now encompasses the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and the International Residential Code energy efficiency requirements.
- To date across North Dakota, over 1,130 ground source heat pump systems have been installed in both residential and commercial buildings.