Conservation tip: Where does your power come from?

A photo from the Alton Coal Mine in Kane County.

A photo from the Alton Coal Mine in southern Utah. Photo by Slashvee/Flickr

In the interest of helping our readers reduce energy and water waste, Sustainable Utah will publish weekly conservation tips contributed by the Student Energy Ambassadors, a program funded by Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas.

By the Student Energy Ambassadors

The primary reason home energy efficiency is so important is due to the sources of this energy. The primary source for electricity consumed in Utah is coal—it represents about 40 percent of the state’s energy consumption, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural gas is the second largest source. Additionally, Utah exports coal-produced energy to nearby states; it ranks 14th in the nation in coal production. Coal and natural gas are nonrenewable, but we as a state have a long way to go toward reducing dependence on these types of energy sources. Utah’s voluntary goal is to produce 20 percent of 2025 energy sales through “eligible” renewable energy sources; as of 2013, that figure rested at just 3.7 percent.

We have some of the lowest prices in the country, which encourages excess energy use. Scroll back through some of our older conservation tips to refresh your memory on how to save both energy and money in your home and curb our state consumption of nonrenewable energy.

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