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Author Archives: Cary Weiner

The Secret of Snowmaking

Snowmaking operations in some of Colorado’s busiest spots can turn up to 1 million gallons of water into snow each day. To do that, powerful pumps move water from storage ponds and other sources through many miles of hose into an array of snow guns. Depending on the size of the resort, hundreds of snow […]

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Turkey Tracks

When you’re basting that turkey in preparation for a house full of guests on Thanksgiving, one of the last things you’ll probably think about is energy. No arguments there. But did you ever wonder how much energy you use for cooking in general and how to conserve? For most of us, cooking makes up a […]

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The Power of Policy

All indicators point to a significant shift in national energy policy following the election of Donald Trump for President of the United States. Two of the more dramatic changes would be for the U.S. to pull out of the Paris Agreement on global greenhouse gas emissions and to rescind the Clean Power Plan (CPP). To […]

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The Question is the Answer

On this Election Day, most of us can probably agree on one thing: we’re tired. Tired of divisiveness in particular. Perhaps your views of an old friend have changed, or you’ve been dragging around a low-level anxiety with you for weeks or months. Uncertainty and charged emotions can be a destructive combination. In many ways, […]

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Leaf Blowin’ in the Wind

“ZZZZrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnng!!!!!!!!! ZZZZrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnng!!!!!!!!!”, said the gas-powered leaf blower at 70 decibels. Yeah, they sure have a way of catching one’s attention. That sound has become more ubiquitous in recent years, as leaf blowers have caught on for both professional landscapers and homeowners alike. The question is: what does this noise mean for energy and the environment? […]

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E-Bikes: Fad or For Real?

The Subaru Outback and Subaru Forester have recently been identified by Colorado AAA as the two top-selling new vehicles in the state. What many like about these vehicles is that they allow for hauling of family and/or luggage while getting decent fuel efficiency and the safety and ruggedness of all-wheel drive. It’s about the versatility. […]

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In an Old House in Paris

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines” begins the classic tale of Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. You know, the story about the girl who is frightened by nothing – not mice, not the tiger in the zoo (to whom Madeline just said “Pooh-pooh”), […]

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EVs on the Cheap

The state of Colorado offers one of the most aggressive incentives for plug-in electric vehicles in the country. Through the end of 2016, the state offers up to a $6,000 tax credit for the purchase of a new light-duty EV based on battery size. But beginning in 2017, the tax credit becomes a standard $5,000 […]

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Burn Gas Not Cash

Remember your heating bills from last winter? No? Neither do I. That’s because natural gas prices have been at record lows. Since 75% of Coloradans use natural gas to heat our homes, the past couple of heating seasons haven’t been so hard on the wallet. But that may change this year, according to a number […]

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