Living in Salt Lake City means being involved in a very environmentally friendly community! With the anticipation of Earth Day just around the corner on April 22nd; I thought it’d be appropriate to share the ways that Salt Lake City works to preserve our environment all year round!
In fact, Salt Lake City was founded by those who cared for our earth long before it was a “trend.” Believe it or not, when the first settlers embarked on Salt Lake County, the valley barely had any trees! The settlers understood the importance of trees, not just for their aesthetic appeal, but for enriching the soil and providing a healthy atmosphere. Salt Lake City residents have carried on their passion for the environment and, out of that desire; there are many ways to get involved with the communities efforts to continue towards a green city.
Below are just a few of the organizations throughout Salt Lake City in which you can get involved! Visit their websites to learn more about their programs and green efforts.
Salt Lake City Green
City & County Building
451 South State, Room 145, Salt Lake City
-Salt Lake City Green is comprised of award-winning environmental programs that continue to help us conserve resources, reduce pollution, slow climate change and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake County Green
2001 South State Street, Suite N2100, Salt Lake City
-Salt Lake County (SLCo) is working to reduce air pollutant emissions, increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in our facilities, and create a more sustainable environment.
Are you also looking for ways to make your Salt Lake City home more eco-friendly? Changing a few of your habits, and making a few small updates in your home can do wonders for the environment, as well as help you save money on your energy bills!
6 tips for going green in your Salt Lake City home!
1. Set the Timer- Set your thermostat to lower temperatures while you’re away from your Salt Lake City home or while you’re sleeping. This will automatically help reduce energy used as well as costs just by programming your thermostat.
2. Let the Sunshine In- During the day, be sure to leave blinds and curtains open to let in the sunlight and natural heat. At night, shut them to help “trap” the warmth.
3. Stop Leaks- Check all doors and windows for drafts. You can easily seal windows and doors to prevent the warm air from your Salt Lake City home escaping while making sure the cool air doesn’t leak in. In the summer, it will also prevent your air conditioner from working twice as hard.
4. Add a Layer- Feeling chilled? Instead of turning up the thermostat, throw on a pair of socks or an extra layer. These small choices to not turn up the heat can really add up in energy savings!
5. Switch out Your Lights- From lamps to porch lights, all of your lights can be changed out for energy efficient LED lights! This change will add up to financial and energy savings!
6. Unplug- Not using an appliance? Unplug it! The Department of Energy notes that, even if appliances are not being used, they are still using energy. 40% of electricity used for your home electronics is used when they’re turned off, but still plugged in. Getting in the habit of unplugging will prove to be a smart habit in the long run!
Hopefully these tips will spark even more ideas of how you can help Salt Lake City create an environment that allows us to breathe deeply, experience a cleaner city and provides a better future for generations to come.
If you aren’t currently living in Salt Lake City, but are interested in moving to the area; please let me know! As a Salt Lake City Real Estate agent, I have years of experience in assisting people through every step of the home buying process. I enjoy helping other discover the great lifestyle and beautiful homes that Salt Lake City has to offer.
Please feel free to contact me today! I look forward to hearing from you!
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