Robin Saville, Kim Fischer – Good 4 Utah
Utah is expected to grow by 2.5 million people by 2050—so where will we get our energy? And will it be affordable? And how will using more energy impact the environment and the air we breath?
Envision Utah is working with citizens and community leaders to create a plan.
“As individual consumers I think one of the things that is most important is for us to realize that the better informed we are about our energy use, our electricity usage patterns in our own individual homes and businesses, the better prepared we are to make decisions,” said Margaret Oler with Rocky Mountain Power.
When power comes at the flip of a switch—it’s easy to take energy for granted. But it comes at a cost. And we see it in our rising utility bills.
“We face questions abuot what mix of energy production we will have in the future. What will it cost us and how will it effect the environment,” said Robert Grow with Envision Utah.
Oler says it’s the little things that add up—like unplugging devices when they are in sleep mode.
“There are things we can do like unplug them so they don’t become energy vampires, so that their not using the electricity when we’re not actively using the appliance,” said Oler.
With cell phones, tablets and more electronics that are energy hungry, will the increased demands for energy keep up?
“”So much of what happens now and in the future of Utah is not about what government decides or what businesses decide, its about us as individuals,” said Grow. (…)