The Pacific Northwest is positioned to enhance its energy efficiency in coming years. As our region continues to make progress, it’s important to note that many buildings still lack the appropriate energy controls, and many electric customers continue to use unnecessary energy.
No matter where we live or where we work, we all play a role in improving our environmental footprint. For the average consumer, this may mean switching to LED light bulbs or taking advantage of Idaho Power’s professional home energy audits. For building operators, it could mean obtaining a Building Operator (BOC) certification or using the Level 1 energy audit checklist from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to determine quick fixes and longer-term solutions to energy efficiency challenges.
The point is, energy efficiency is a team effort. Yes, energy efficiency improvements are an investment up front, but the long-term benefits and savings are well worth it. I challenge us all to consider what part we can play in giving Idaho a brighter, more efficient energy future.
Jeff Underwood, president, Intermountain Building Operators Association (IBOA), Pocatello