SLC’s history of air quality and natural gas

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4Utah) – Before there was natural gas in Salt Lake City, people primarily used coal and wood burning for their source of heat, which caused a “smoke nuisance.”

In the Early 1920’s, the transition to natural gas has allowed companies like Dominion Energy to come a long way in regard to cleaning up the environment. Currently residential natural gas usage only accounts for about 4% of total emissions in the state.

Homeowners who use natural gas can still help clean Utah’s environment. One option from Dominion Energy are Thermwise rebates. A complete list of rebates can be found at

If you are not sure where to start, start by looking at a Home Energy Plan. Dominion Energy sends home energy experts to visit your home for $25 and inspect every nook and cranny. They then give you a detailed report showing where you are losing energy and money. If you decide to incorporate any of the energy experts’ rebate-qualified recommendations the $25 fee will be credited back on your bill.

Dominion Energy continues to create other programs that will benefit the environment. This year a new program this year called GreenTherm, will allow customers the option to purchase renewable natural gas.

You can go to for updates about the new program.

More from Dominion Energy about Renewable Natural Gas:

Renewable Natural Gas is not a fossil fuel. It comes from organic waste material like food waste, animal waste, or sewage. Depending on the source of the organic waste, if we can capture it and use it in our homes rather than letting it escape into the air, Renewable Natural gas can have a positive impact on the environment.

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