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Energy Conservation

Gazette opinion: Elementary lessons in energy savings

Lew Anderson is a weather watcher. By the middle of last week, the Billings school district’s facilities director had determined that subzero weekend forecasts necessitated heating school buildings Sunday and Monday nights as if they were occupied to prevent pipes from freezing. Most of our …

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Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.

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Guest opinion: Montana's energy conservation conundrum

The Montana Public Service Commission is requiring NorthWestern Energy to return $3 million to its customers because it overestimated its energy conservation efforts. Huh?

December 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Lewis and Clark County to spend $1.6 million on energy efficiency

Drafty windows, leaky door seals, inefficient heating systems and old lights that aren’t all that bright are among what’s going to save Lewis and Clark County $77,000 a year.

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Homeowners warned of energy-saving scam

HAMILTON -- Jim Maunder has heard the claims before from companies coming to town and offering products that can save a homeowner up to 40 percent in the cost of energy.

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Energy revolution: New electrical fixtures reduce power consumption

Energy revolution: New electrical fixtures reduce power consumption

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that artifacts from many past school years were awaiting Mike Corbett as he snipped wires, removed plastic covers and unplugged fluorescent tubes from light fixtures hanging in a classroom at Senior High.

July 01, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Stephanie Bigart is shown inside of Sage Spa

Stephanie Bigart is shown inside of Sage Spa

Stephanie Bigart, owner of Sage Spa Living, was honored recently in the EcoStar awards.

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Senior High will be closed all summer and full of work crews

Senior High will be closed all summer and full of work crews

It’s going to be a big summer for Senior High.

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SD2 bond projects will probably begin this fall

SD2 bond projects will probably begin this fall

School District 2 has $14 million burning a hole in its pocket.

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Carter County students win national competition for conserving energy

Apparently, Carter County grows scientists.

May 02, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…
Gazette opinion: Stop pouring money down your drains

Gazette opinion: Stop pouring money down your drains

Water leaks not only waste Montana’s most precious natural resource, they waste money.

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Gazette opinion: Lighten up, slow down and save gas

Gazette opinion: Lighten up, slow down and save gas

Rising fuel prices hit Montanans and Wyomingites in the wallet as we travel across our vast states. While there’s little we can do about the price of gasoline, motorists have some control over the volume of gas they use.

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Energy contract awarded to company with Wyoming ties

A national company that blends business development with environmental protection has landed a $34 million federal contract that will bring a few more jobs to Sheridan, Wyo.

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LEDs save energy

Lighting December nights can be cheaper with strings of holiday Light Emitting Diodes (LED).

December 18, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar offering energy advice to far-flung places

Public Service Commissioner Brad Molnar offering energy advice to far-flung places

HELENA — From the staid halls of the Montana Public Service Commission, it’s a mere 5,500 miles and several worlds away to the Eastern European nation of Moldova — a trip traveled last month by Commissioner Brad Molnar as a sort of international energy ambassador.

November 06, 2011 12:05 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Critics of new bulbs generate more heat than light

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — American citizens: Wrap your lighting fixtures in razor wire! Guard your pantries! 2012 is coming! And so are the light bulb police — to confiscate your 100-watt incandescent bulbs and ticket you for using old technology! So goes the hysterical strain of what some are cal…

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Guest opinion: People don't want a low-wattage policy

Guest opinion: People don't want a low-wattage policy

WASHINGTON — When General Electric blamed "a variety of energy regulations that establish lighting efficiency standards" for the closing of bulb factories in Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, it ignored a critical detail: It and fellow light bulb manufacturers Phillips and Osram Sylvania had lobb…

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Tom and Ray help an employee out with a simple prank

Dear Tom and Ray: My boss and I are in a never-ending prank war. I really want to hook up one of those horns to his car that plays the ice-cream-truck jingle. And I want to have it come on whenever he starts the car. The problem is that I have no idea how to do this. Can you guys help me? Ch…

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Tips to improve your vehicle's fuel economy

With the price of regular unleaded gasoline topping $4 a gallon, auto information websites TrueCar.com and AutomMD.com have come out with a simple guide to get more mileage from your vehicle.

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Guest opinion: Democrats stand against attacks on energy efficiency, conservation

As the legislative session ground to a close, we continued to be astounded by the ongoing assault on energy efficiency, conservation and renewable resources. Using energy more efficiently and encouraging the development of renewable sources along with fossil fuels are key to securing our ene…

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