Energize AZ > Key Enablers and Stakeholders > Residential utility customers

IDEA 05

UPGRADE CABLE AND SATELLITE BOXES

The Governor’s Office of Energy Policy works with cable and satellite television providers to optimize the energy performance of set top boxes through Energy Star replacement and changes to head-end software settings.

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IDEA 06

PROVIDE ENERGY DATA IN APP-FRIENDLY FORMAT

A utility provides its residential customers the ability to download their energy usage data or share access to it with others in the standard Green Button format created by USDOE and utilities, thereby providing a scalable market to entrepreneurial software developers to create applications that help people monitor and manage their energy usage.

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IDEA 08

ENACT PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) FINANCING

The Arizona State Legislature enacts PACE enabling legislation into the Arizona Revised Statutes, allowing property owners to fund energy efficiency projects on their homes and commercial buildings through a low-cost, local government loan which is repaid by a multiyear tax assessment that remains an obligation on the property rather than the property owner, regardless of sale or transfer.

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IDEA 14

PROVIDE SALES TRAINING TO CONTRACTORS

A local government sponsors custom sales training for upgrade contractors that combines proven sales techniques with energy efficiency nuances and behavioral research findings.

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IDEA 15

TARGET CUSTOMERS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND

A utility segments its customer base to target behavior-based marketing messages for specific efficiency measures to those who are more likely to respond and follow through. Communications timing is also employed (such as when a customer pulls a pool permit or remodeling permit).

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IDEA 16

LAUNCH A RECOGNITION PROGRAM

A local government or utility provides performance or upgrade completion certificates to homeowners and business owners to recognize their participation and to market programs to peers. Recognition is also provided on a website and/or through public relations and case studies.

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IDEA 17

SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY

The Arizona State Legislature updates minimum statewide home and appliance efficiency standards, allowing municipalities to establish their own standards higher than the state minimum. Either body includes standards for appliances that do not yet have federal minimum standards.

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IDEA 18

ADOPT STATE-OF-THE-ART ENERGY CODES

The Arizona State Legislature sets a minimum statewide building energy code, specifically the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), second-to-most recent version. Local governments are still guaranteed home rule authority and are encouraged to set higher codes, such as the current version of the IECC. Technical assistance and training are provided by the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy on the IECC to builders and code officials in localities that have not previously adopted this code.

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IDEA 19

ADOPT VOLUNTARY STATE-OF-THE-ART GREEN BUILDING CODES

A local government adopts the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) on a voluntary basis and provides financial or non-financial incentives for developers to comply with it. This can be applied throughout a jurisdiction or in an overlay district. The municipality enjoys lower infrastructure impact from the buildings because of their high performance features (energy, water, sewer, streets, heat island).

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IDEA 20

ADOPT VOLUNTARY NET ZERO ENERGY BUILDING CODES

A local government adopts the Pima County / City of Tucson voluntary Net Zero Energy Code, possibly the first such code in the nation, and provides incentives for builders to meet the code requirements of zero net source energy.

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