A good number of Logan residents are taking steps to cut energy consumption, according to results of the city’s first energy use survey.
The city sent out 19,000 surveys along with utility bills in November. They got 1,817 responses. Emily Malik, Logan’s conservation coordinator, and Michael Dietz, a specialist in sustainable living at Utah State University, said they feel enough customers responded to draw conclusions about the city as a whole.
“Our goal was to get some sense of how people are managing energy,” Dietz said.
Getting a handle on that will help the city decide which education and conservation programs to push, said Malik.
Here’s some survey results:
• 55 percent of respondents have switched to fluorescent light bulbs.
• 49 percent have installed programmable thermostats.
• 39 percent have installed Energy Star-approved appliances.
• 38 percent have replaced windows.
• 24 percent have put in more/better attic insulation.
• 10 percent have put in more/better wall insulation.
Besides being good for the planet, Malik said conserving energy is good for the city’s pocketbook. Stretching the power the city produces itself means less will be bought on the open market. Logan generates about 10 percent of the electricity it needs, said city Resource Analyst Yuqi Zhao. The city spent 22.6 million on power in 2009.
In 2009, one Logan household consumed 5,880 kilowatts, on average. The average across Utah was 10,441 kilowatts in 2007, according to the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. Logan’s electricity usage is lower because of the cool summers here compared to the rest of the state, Dietz said. Air conditioners run on electricity. However, natural gas usage is higher due to cold winters — heaters generally run on natural gas.