Salt Lake City residents in the Fairpark, Glendale, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Rose Park, and Westpointe communities (ZIP codes 84104 and 84116) now have another opportunity to save money and reduce pollution by reducing electricity usage at their homes.
Utah Clean Energy, Utah’s leading advocate for energy efficiency and clean energy, recently announced a new community Light Swap location in the Glendale neighborhood. Now through May, residents who live in zip codes 84116 and 84104 can bring five old light bulbs to the front desk of the Sorenson Unity Center any time during regular business hours, and swap out their light bulbs for LEDs. The Sorenson Unity Center is located at 1383 South 900 West in Salt Lake City and open Mondays-Thursdays 9am-9pm, Fridays 9am-8pm, and Saturdays 9am-5pm.
“We are ramping up efforts to help more Utah families save energy and money and shrink our community’s carbon footprint,” said Kevin Emerson, Utah Clean Energy’s Energy Efficiency Program Director. “Switching to energy-saving LED lights helps families save money on their energy bills, but the upfront costs often are unaffordable. Our Light Swap program alleviates the cost and helps families who live in underserved communities take a concrete first step to save energy while also promoting actions they can take to save even more energy. Switching just five LED bulbs saves each family around $79 per year or $1,300 over the lifetime of the bulbs.”
Utah Clean Energy’s Neighborhood Light Swap program empowers residents in underserved Salt Lake City communities to swap five conventional light bulbs for five LED bulbs at no cost. These communities are disproportionately burdened by energy costs, and extreme temperatures in summer and winters are compounding this challenge. Underserved populations are more likely to live in housing with inefficient heating and cooling systems, poor insulation, and inefficient lighting, all of which drive up costs. With 1,000 energy-saving LED light bulbs donated by Rocky Mountain Power, Utah Clean Energy is continuing its Light Swap program in targeted Salt Lake City communities, including Fairpark, Glendale, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove, Rose Park, and Westpointe.
The LED bulbs installed to date through this program will collectively save participating families nearly 70,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and cut electricity costs by approximately $7,500 per year. These electricity savings represent an annual reduction of more than 57 tons of carbon dioxide. Avoiding this amount of carbon dioxide pollution is equivalent to the average passenger vehicle not driving over 126,000 miles!
The Light Swap campaign is the first step in a broader effort to help underserved communities save money and energy. In addition to bringing financial savings to households that need it most, this innovative program is designed to empower communities to participate in and directly benefit from efforts to achieve Salt Lake City’s ambitious goals to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2032 and reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2040.