Important! Updated February 13, 2017. Rocky Mountain Power’s planned changes to the incentives and equipment qualifications associated with our energy efficiency program became effective March 30, 2017. Changes include additional qualified products for heat pump water heaters, the retirement of CFL bulbs and fixtures and the return of the wattsmart Starter Kit program. These changes affect purchases made or work completed on or after March 30, 2017. For questions, please email hes@rockymountainpower.net.

Important! Updated April 7, 2017. Rocky Mountain Power’s planned changes to the incentives and equipment qualifications associated with our energy efficiency program will become effective May 22, 2017. Changes include the retirement of CFL bulbs and fixtures. These changes affect purchases made on or after May 22, 2017. For questions, please email hes@rockymountainpower.net.

Multifamily Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation

duct sealing

Get up to $80 cash back

Cash in when you seal and insulate ductwork

Heating and cooling can account for more than half of a property’s energy consumption, but as much as 30 percent of that energy can be lost through unsealed ducts. Help your multifamily customers increase heating and cooling system efficiency with duct sealing and duct insulation. We offer incentives to both you and the property owner for this valuable service. While your customers and their tenants enjoy the benefits of improved comfort, savings and healthier air quality, you’ll both pick up some extra cash.

Qualifications and Incentives

Services Electrically Heated
Trade Ally Incentive
Electrically Cooled
​Trade Ally Incentive
Duct sealing (stand alone) $50 N/A
Duct sealing and duct insulation $80 $20

Ensure the home qualifies:

  • Must be an existing property, not new construction
  • Must have a minimum of 10 linear feet of exposed ductwork located in unconditioned space

Requirements for both duct sealing (stand alone) and duct sealing and duct insulation:

  • Work must be completed by a Program-Eligible HVAC Trade Ally listed on the Program-Eligible HVAC Trade Ally List
  • Work must be completed in accordance with the specifications outlined in the Utah Technical Specifications Manual
  • All physically accessible ducts located in unconditioned spaces must be sealed
  • Duct sealing must reduce duct leakage to the outside by 50 percent or more with a 100 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) minimum reduction
  • If a combustible appliance is within confines of home, a functional carbon monoxide alarm must be installed according to manufacturer specifications

Additional requirements for duct sealing (stand alone):

  • An electric heating system must serve at least 80 percent of the home's conditioned living space
  • Additional requirements for duct sealing and duct insulation:
  • An electric heating or electric cooling system must serve at least 80 percent of the home's conditioned living space
  • Pre-existing duct insulation levels may not exceed R-2
  • All physically accessible ducts located in conditioned living spaces must be insulated
  • Services must result in final duct insulation of R-8 or greater
  • Duct sealing and duct insulation must be performed in the same project, with insulation installed after ducts are sealed

Additional requirements for duct sealing and duct insulation:

  • An electric heating or electric cooling system must serve at least 80 percent of the home’s conditioned living space
  • Pre-existing duct insulation levels may not exceed R-2
  • All physically accessible ducts located in conditioned living spaces must be insulated
  • Services must result in final duct insulation of R-8 or greater
  • Duct sealing and duct insulation must be performed in the same project, with insulation after ducts are sealed

Additional program rules:

  • Mail all documents so they are postmarked within 180 days of the qualifying service completion*
  • Incentive cannot exceed project costs
  • When applying for Duct Sealing and Duct Insulation, separate trade ally may perform the two services. The duct sealing trade ally listed on the application will receive the trade ally incentive
  • Third Party Payment Addendum for applicants who would like to forward payment to a third party not listed on the utility account

*If mailing, please make copies for your records and note the date mailed on the application
**Applicable only to businesses and non-individual customers, including landlords, applying for incentives

Incentives are associated with the December 1, 2016 tariff filing approved by the Utah Public Service Commission. All incentives are subject to change with 45 days notice. Additional terms and conditions may apply.

Definitions:

Electric Heating: A permanently installed, ducted system consisting of an electric furnace or heat pump serving as the home's current primary heat source

Electric Cooling: A permanently installed, ducted electric central air conditioner or heat pump serving as the home's current primary cooling source. Room air conditioners and evaporative coolers do not qualify

Non-Electric Heat: A heating system with gas, oil, or propane serving as the home's current primary heat source

Conditioned vs. unconditioned space - clarification notes:

For the most part, basements are conditioned spaces. Basements are not usually thermally isolated from the main living area and contain space conditioning ducts. Basements are also used for storage and frequently contain laundry facilities and other living spaces. Ducts serving unfinished basements are not always equipped with dedicated supply registers, although single registers at plenums are not unusual.

An unconditioned basement would have these properties: Thermally isolated from the main floor by insulation in the floor. Insulated, weather-stripped door (if above floor plane) and insulated stairwell walls where thermal plane penetrates floor, air sealed (caulked, foamed penetrations) wiring plumbing, sealed duct penetrations and sealed, insulated ducts. No supply registers.

While a crawl space is unconditioned space, the floor must be insulated prior to or at the same time ducts are sealed and insulated to thermally isolate the crawlspace. Failure to do this will increase the heating load of the home and potentially cause comfort issues.

Customer Eligibility

Multifamily properties featuring five or more attached units and no more than four stories tall are eligible to receive program incentives.

Multifamily property owners must have a landlord account on a qualifying residential rate schedule. You can find your rate schedule on your utility bill or by calling 1-888-221-7070.

Qualifying residential rate schedules:

  • Utah: 1, 2 or 3

How to Apply

Prequalification:

  • Review the information in the Eligibility section of this page and call 1-800-942-0281 or email us to ensure your multifamily property is eligible.
  • Pre-inspection of multifamily property
    • Once it has been established that the complex is on a qualified residential rate schedule, a pre-qualification inspection will take place.
    • Please provide the following required information to initiate a pre-qualification inspection:
      • Specific street address or account number
      • Complex Name
      • Contact at the complex and phone number where they can be reached
      • Measures that are being requested to be inspected
    • Once this information is received, an inspector will assess the complex to verify whether it qualifies and if it would benefit from our incentive offerings.
    • Your contractor will be notified of the status of the inspection. If the complex qualifies for any of the Home Energy Savings program incentives, the contractor will schedule a time with the property manager to complete the work.

Contractor completes energy upgrades:

  • The contractor will perform the necessary work for the project to qualify for an incentive. Consult with your contactor to get a clear understanding of the work being performed and how long it will take. Also remember to notify your tenants about the work being done.

Application is submitted:

  • Once the work is completed, the contractor submits an application to the Home Energy Savings program.
  • All units listed on the application must be verified on the landlord account (units may need to be added if they are not under the landlord account at time of review).
  • One itemized invoice detailing the work performed for the property must be submitted.
  • A completed W-9 form for the person or entity receiving the incentive check must be submitted along with the application for tax purposes. For changes to account name, contact Business Solutions at 1-866-870-3419.
  • In some cases a Third Party Payment Addendum will be required if a landlord account is not set up or if the payment is going to anyone other than the account holder
  • Applications cannot be processed if any required documentation is missing.
  • The property is then queued for a post-work inspection.

Post-work inspection:

  • After receipt of a completed incentive application the program will schedule a post-work inspection to verify all program requirements have been met.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of the units that received an energy efficiency upgrade must be inspected
  • Tenants should be notified of this post-work inspection beforehand.

Application is processed and check is mailed:

  • Checks will be issued for approved applications within six weeks of final processing.

Additional Incentive Application Materials:

Questions? Call 1-800-942-0281 or email us.