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The Future of Rates

Back in November, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a proposal by Xcel Energy to pilot two new residential electric rates that may very well become widespread in the near future. With the pilot program just beginning its rollout (Xcel aims to enroll up to 20,000 customers in 2017), we thought it would be […]

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Living with Low-Flow

After the building superintendent installed low-flow showerheads in his apartment, Seinfeld fans will remember Kramer buying a Commando 450 showerhead on the black market. And that was when “low-flow” was considered to be 2.5 gallons-per-minute, the upper limit for showerheads on the market today. Now one can readily find showerheads using as little as 1.25 […]

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Looking Backward and Forward

As we begin a new calendar year, I find it worthwhile to look back at the previous. For CSU Extension, 2016 involved a number of different projects: Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots, community energy assessments, a new website and “brand”, home and farm energy workshops, Xcel Partners-in-Energy plan facilitation, 4-H energy programming, and more. […]

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The Gift of Energy Savings

My wife might say that I’m practical to a fault. If I can’t use it or eat it, I probably don’t want it (anything from my kids being a very noted exception). And I don’t think I’m alone (or am I?). I just don’t like “stuff”. If you know someone similar and are in need […]

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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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Energy Savings for Schools

Guest Author: Katie Kershman, Brendle Group The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that K-12 schools waste, on average, 30 percent of their energy through inefficient buildings. This translates to high energy bills for schools with limited resources and concerns about their outdated lighting, heating, and cooling, which often affect student learning. Because K-12 schools are […]

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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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Spotlight On: Energy Smart Colorado

Energy assessments help Coloradans save energy and money By Peter Rusin, Energy Smart Colorado and Suzie Romig, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council For years, Steamboat Springs residents Mayling Simpson and Paul Hebert maintained their Steamboat Springs house as home base during their busy careers of international health and humanitarian aid work. When they retired and returned […]

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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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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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The Truth Behind LEDs

They’re sleek. They’re cool. They’re getting cheaper. But do LED tubes deliver on the energy savings they promise? The answer: it depends. In informal testing, CSU found some surprising results when comparing various 4’ linear LED tube lamps (T8s) to one another and to 4’ linear fluorescent T8 and T12 lamps. Fluorescent T8 lamps are […]

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