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Save money by going green

Sometimes going green is the best way to save green.

Today from 10 a.m. to 3 at the Grand Summit Hotel over 50 vendors are available to talk about how easy it is to be green at the Green Building Trade Show sponsored by The Canyons, Recycle Utah and the Environmental Issues Committee of the Park City Board of Realtors.

Ashley Patterson, owner of the Green Building Center on Ironhorse Drive and one of nine presenters speaking on specific issues, said there’s a lot of "low hanging fruit" out there people can implement without a big investment.

Some people feel they have to wait until they can afford huge solar panels before they can "go green," she said. The truth is, simple measures to conserve energy can make a huge difference.

"(The trade show) is a very good opportunity for consumers to find out what resources exist here in Park City and where their dollars are best spent," she said.

Lola Beatlebrox, outreach director for Recycle Utah, said the organization’s mission is to empower people to live sustainable lifestyles.

The Green Building Trade Show is focused on dispersing "How To" information.

Laurie Nadeau with the Park City Board of Realtors said the board’s goal is to "really push this out to consumers."

A sustainable home is usually a healthier home. As Realtors, she said, board members want to get people into the best homes possible. Green homes are simply better homes.

They’re also worth more for several reasons, she said. Better air quality attracts buyers with asthma or allergies. Materials that are recycled, reused or made with fewer pollutants give owners greater peace of mind. Monetarily speaking, energy-efficient homes have lower utility bills.

People low on capital can start with small measures like choosing the right paints, unplugging electric appliances when not in use, using CFL or LED lights and buying insulating window shades, Patterson said.

The event falls at a good time of year when many people should have Saturday free to check out the presentations and vendors, she said.

As a vendor, Patterson said she enjoys getting together with other members of the green building community. She said she hopes the trade show turns into a major event people will write on their calendars.

The Canyons is donating the space for the show and representatives will be available to talk about what the resort has done to be more sustainable, Beatlebrox said.

She also pointed out that this year’s event will be much bigger than previous trade shows and said she’s excited about the solar technology that will be featured.

With global climate change accelerating, and oil availability decreasing, the long-term savings provided by sustainable products should not be overlooked, she said.

Her own home has a new solar-powered floor heater that will pay for itself in energy savings within two years.

"People say they don’t have money to invest in this now, but in my opinion, you don’t have money not to," she said.

What: Green Building Trade Show

When: Today, Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Grand Summit Hotel at The Canyons. Free parking available.

Expert presentations will be held according to the following schedule:

The Canyons Green Initiatives, 10:20 a.m.

Mayor Dana Williams Park City Sustainability, 10:30 a.m.

The Green Building Center Indoor Air Quality, 11 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Incentives, 11:45 a.m.

Renewable Energy Options, Noon

Alternative Fuel Vehicles, 1 p.m.

Recycle Utah Q-and-A, 1:30 p.m.

Green Home Loan Options, 2 p.m.

Ice Dams: Park City’s Biggest Problem, 2:15 p.m.


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