Logan City inviting public to open house of new Environmental Department campus

The public is invited to attend an open house at Logan City’s Environmental Department campus on Thursday, June 25. The department’s conservation coordinator, Emily Malik, says tours will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the address is 153 North 1400 West.

Light refreshments will be served. Malik says those attending the open house will be able to see what kind of work goes on in the five buildings.

“At the transfer station we’re actually doing a little project over there right now so you will get a feel for how it will work once it is all in operation,” Malik explains. “Then the scale houses where everything gets weighed when it comes into the landfill, and the shops will have our trucks in them and things like that.

“As you walk by our buildings you can see their intended use and see what we do to operate and to serve the community.”

Malik says everyone attending will receive a free compost or wood chips.

As the conservation coordinator, Malik is always looking for ways for the city and the community to find ways to conserve energy. A new device that is coming out soon, she says, is a smart thermostat.

“A smart thermostat is something that is controlled by the Internet so you have remote access to your thermostat,” she explains. “If you turn your air conditioning down all day so that it gets kind of warm in your house, you could go on your phone and turn it to the temperature you want just 30 minutes before you get home.

“Or say you’re delayed and you had your air conditioning set to come on you could say I’m not going to be home so I’ll hold this higher temperature for a little bit.”

Malik says the smart thermostat will be available to the public on July 1.

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