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Increase the efficiency of your home this fall, with help from Weber State's Sustainability Team

Empower Northern Utah and program partners are providing energy efficient LED light bulbs at no charge in exchange for old inefficient bulbs, as well as free and discounted smart thermostats from September to October 2021.

Smart Thermostats

Thank you to our community for making the program a succes. All thermostats have been purchased. 

If you registered after 4:00pm Friday, Oct. 8th your order will be available for pick up at Weber State University Main Ogden Campus this Wednesday, Oct. 20th between 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

Registrants, look for your confirmation email with instructions on how to schedule your pick-up appointment.

Through a partnership with UCAIR, and others, Empower Northern Utah is offering 200 discounted Nest Thermostat E’s. One is available per household. You must pre-register on this page starting on September 28, 2021 to purchase your discounted smart thermostat for under $60 (originally $169)

Additionally, Empower Northern Utah has secured 100 Nest Thermostat E’s available at no cost to residents who qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program. To learn more about participating through the HEAT program, view our information page.

How to participate:

  1. Before registering, find out if your home's heating and cooling systems are compatible with the Nest E.
  2. Visit this page on Tuesday, September 28 at 6 p.m. to register and purchase your discounted Nest E thermostat.
  3. You will be sent a link to select a time (on Saturday, October 9 between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) to pick-up your Nest E thermostat.
  4. Install your Nest E thermostat and start saving energy! (Video tutorial).
  5. Take a picture of your new smart thermostat (and your old one too) and tag #EmpowerNU on social media to show your commitment to energy conservation and clean air!

Why we offer discounted smart thermostats: 

Smart thermostats make it simple to save energy on heating and cooling costs. The Nest E Thermostat can cut heating bills saving the average U.S. household over $130 a year. 

In addition to saving money, these energy efficiency upgrades can help Utah's wintertime air by reducing emissions that come from the combustion of natural gas. Reducing electricity consumption helps Utah reduce emissions from electricity generation. Using less natural gas and electricity generated by fossil fuels reduces greenhouse gasses at all times of the year, and can be a stepping stone to help us reach drawdown (the point at which global warming gasses peak, and then begin to steadily decline).

Light Bulb Exchange

In addition to offering the Nest Thermostat E at a steep discount, Empower Northern Utah is also providing 2,000 free LED light bulbs in exchange for old incandescent and/or CFL bulbs. Residents can exchange up to 10 old incandescent and/or compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs for new, energy efficient LED bulbs at no cost.

Did you know?

LED bulbs use approximately 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and approximately 40% less than CFL bulbs, while providing the same amount of light.

Upgrading 10 light fixtures with LED bulbs can save residents approximately $55 a year according to Higher energy efficiency means less electricity pulled from the grid – which means less emissions from coal-fired power plants! This results in better air quality across the state and a healthier climate for all. 

How to participate: 

  1. Remove old bulbs from sockets in your home  
  2. Place up to 10 old bulbs in a bag, and bring to an exchange event
  3. Visit an event to exchange your old bulbs for new LED bulbs*
  4. Install your new bulbs - start saving money and protecting our environment!

*Supplies are limited, and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. All bulbs for exchange are 2700k, 60-watt equivalents.
The LED bulbs are 9-watt bulbs (equivalent to 60-watt incandescent bulbs), and fit into standard household light sockets and floor/table lamps.

Exchanges dates:

  • Saturday, September 25, between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 2, between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 9, between 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Exchange event location:
Weber County Main Library in the Activity Center downstairs
2464 Jefferson Ave. Ogden, UT 84401

Other ways to participate:
Those who qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) program, may also exchange bulbs at the HEAT office located in Ogden, Utah. To learn more about participating through the HEAT program, view our HEAT information page

More Energy Savings 

Homeowners and renters can improve the efficiency of their homes. Use the Energy Efficiency Guide for Utah for easy efficiency tips and guidance. 

Committed to Our Community

Weber State University is committed to offering our community sustainability programs focused on improving the lives of residents and ensuring a livable, healthy climate for current and future generations. To learn more about our community programs visit our community page.

For more information, contact:
Sadie Braddock, Community Programs Coordinator 
WSU Sustainability Practices and Research Center
(801) 626-6310 or


Weber State Sustainability would like to thank our partners for making this program possible!