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Conservation in the Kitchen

For those of us with big gardens, August and September are the heart of canning and preserving season. My wife puts up dozens and dozens of jars of raspberry jam, pickles, pickled beets, and other assorted vegetables. We also freeze lots of veggies to enjoy the bounty of our garden during the frozen days of […]

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Trees, Energy, & People

What if someone told you that something beautiful, organic, and potentially stately could cut your cooling bills in half and also reduce your heating bills? What if that thing could also provide a home for birds, something to climb, and a source of oxygen for the planet? Yep – trees can cut your energy bills […]

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Weatherstrip Your Furnace

Weatherstrip your furnace. Caulk your solar panels. Drive an electric hot water heater. With so much energy information being thrown about, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. So here’s our attempt to break down some simple and straightforward energy advice that goes a bit beyond the norm. Get an audit. If you’re serious about […]

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Climate Change Consensus

People don’t want to feel bad about how they live their lives, and they don’t want to feel like they’re the under the watchful eye of the government or do-gooders as they go about their business. Which is perhaps why it’s uncomfortable to discuss and even tempting to brush off human-caused or anthropogenic climate change […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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