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It’s all about the sun

As I mentioned last month, ­several things have happened to convince me that I should ­dedicate several articles to the very basics of energy efficiency. I have pondered this a lot and even wake up during the night ­thinking about it. I have discussed some of these thoughts with young students, middle-aged adults and some […]

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Keeping it simple

About an hour before Professor Tom Hunt and I went on the air recently to host our weekly radio program, we were discussing our show preparation for the year. Of course, our goal is to help as many of you as possible. We have been teaching energy efficiency for more than 25 years and realize […]

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Help for mobile homes

What can I do to make my mobile home more energy efficient? That question is often asked when members get high summer and winter electricity bills. The solution may seem difficult and expensive, but there are some things that you can do yourself. Many are affordable, relatively easy and will make an impact on comfort […]

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It may be time for geothermal

Congratulations once again to Larry and Nancy Ferrell who were the winners of the 2011 Energy Efficiency Makeover Contest. What a great program to help a family and to teach others the prac­tical ways to improve the energy ­efficiency of their homes. The Ferrells’ house is a perfect example of what I wrote about in […]

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Change Part II

As I am writing this article, we are experiencing what will probably be one of the hottest summers ever recorded for our state. Think about those words, ever recorded. Well, thank goodness for September and October. I am answering dozens of calls each day from folks who have received high utility bills or have house […]

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Doug’s first radio show

Yes, you know the last three words to the old saying, don’t you? And they are, “remain the same.” About 21 years ago, I asked and received an opportunity to host a live radio ­program about energy efficiency. I knew that the new KBIS talk ­station in town needed additional ­programming and I knew that my […]

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Super smart planning

A lot has happened since my last article. Record numbers of tornadoes have occurred in several states, resulting in massive destruction and loss of lives. Probably few, if any, lives were lost to those who planned ahead and installed a safe room. For many years I have recommended that folks include a safe room as […]

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