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Utah State University Extension
Fossil fuels supply most of Utah’s energy needs. Any process using fossil fuels, however, emits carbon dioxide (CO2), mercury, and oftentimes other contaminants that stress Utah’s beautiful natural resources (Dresselhaus & Thomas, 2001). Most electricity in Utah is fueled by coal-fired power, which adds mercury to our air and waterways. Increased mercury in ducks and fish have resulted in restrictions for Utah family pastimes, such as fishing and duck hunting. In 2010, 23% of energy consumption in the United States was residential, totaling 22.2 quadrillion Btu (EIA, 2010). A quadrillion Btu is about equal to the amount of energy in 45 million tons of coal, or 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or 170 million barrels of crude oil (Maxwell, 2009). Annually, the average American emits 20 tons of CO2, approximately the weight of 3.33 adult male African elephants (EIA, 2011). Reducing your energy consumption at home will aid climate stability and save you money on your utility bill each month! This fact sheet offers ideas on how to reduce your energy consumption using new technologies and conservation practices. With proper implementation, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a lower energy bill and a healthier environment.
Thomas, B., Tingey, B., & Brain, R. (2012, August). Easy steps to reduce your energy bill. USU Extension Publication: sustainability/20120/02pr. Available at: https://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/Sustainability_2012-02pr.pdf