Energy Ambassadors Use Your Home as the Classroom

Jim teaches the Energy Ambassador team about door seals. If there is air leakage, or worse daylight coming through, renters should consider adding weather stripping to prevent air leaks.

Jim teaches the Energy Ambassador team about door seals. If there is air leakage, or worse daylight coming through, renters should consider adding weather stripping to prevent air leaks.

By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, campus engagement coordinator for the Sustainability Office

Which statement best describes you?

  • A) I care about my carbon footprint.
  • B) I care about the cost of my energy, gas, and/or water bills.
  • C) Both A and B.

Congratulations! If you answered yes to any of the above statements, and you are a University of Utah student, you can get a FREE energy and water conservation audit from the Sustainability Office’s Energy Ambassadors! The Sustainability Office, in partnership with Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas, offers home energy audits to students living off campus that help students save energy, water, and money through installation of energy efficient supplies. By participating in this audit, you can receive: an LED bulb, up to three compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), high efficiency shower heads and faucet aerators, and “smart” power strips, which help reduce phantom power.

How does it work? Two Energy Ambassadors, trained by Questar Gas, will meet with you and your roommates at your residence. They will ask you to provide some background information about your home and your energy use. The Student Energy Ambassadors will then conduct an energy and water assessment and install water- and energy-saving supplies. Lastly, they will provide you with feedback and tips on additional ways you can conserve energy and save money. They do all of this for free, so sign up online today!

Check out the photos below to get a better understanding of all the things you will learn from having an energy audit!

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