Working in healthcare, I hear every day how people expect doctors to have access to the latest knowledge and tools. Why should we accept any less from people who build our homes -- the greatest investment most of us ever make?
Unfortunately, Utahns can’t have the same level of confidence in homes because our state is still operating under a vastly outdated home energy code from 2006. This means many new homes are being built below the latest standard in energy efficiency, resulting in higher energy bills, more air pollution and less comfortable homes.
Like many Utah residents, I’ve invested thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of valuable time into making my home more energy efficient because it will save me more in the long run. All of this effort could be avoided if common sense measures like upgraded windows, increased insulation and improved air tightness were built into homes from the start.
What's at Stake
If Utah continues to use 6 year-old energy standards new homeowners will be stuck with higher energy bills of $351 to $629 per year! At a time when Rocky Mountain Power is poised to increase energy rates, we should be doing everything we can to cut energy costs.
This summer a little known commission, the Uniform Building Code Commission, will make a recommendation to Utah lawmakers on whether to update the state’s home energy code. We need to make sure Utah lawmakers consider the long-term interests of Utah families.
For the past two years, lobbyists in the capital have stood in the way. Let’s not let that happen again. It’s time we protect the general welfare of Utah residents.
Will you join me in calling for better homes to be built in Utah?