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What is going on ORE

Farmers Market/ Solar Oven Experiment- Hanna Riepl

This week at the Crested Butte Farmers Market Murtaza and I fired up the solar oven. It was a huge hit. The oven reached 365 degrees Fahrenheit. As we baked our gluten-free cookies our goal was to demonstrate the potential for solar dependence in the future. It is a reliable, clean energy source that displays radiant heat which can be converted into different heat transfer systems when stored. For example, the solar oven has to be directly facing the sun to reach maximum heat transfer to the cookie dough.

Solar!- Hanna Riepl

Throughout my career at Western State Colorado University, I have steadily become enthralled with solar power and how it is used. A couple of weeks back, Murtaza and I had the pleasure of assisting a group of elementary school students with the construction of solar toy cars. It was interesting to discover how much information the students knew about solar energy and the process of electric conversion through photo voltaics. This week I had the opportunity to experiment with a solar oven. Needless to say, my cookies turned out to be delicious!

Team Work- Hanna Riepl

This week I began to understanding the challenges of running a non-profit organization. For one, there are so many projects in process simultaneously that my team has to juggle. Communication is extremely important when it comes to pleasing our customers. I have learned that the people one works with and your attitude toward them make all the difference. It is crucial to surround ones self with positive attitudes in order to get things done in the correct manner.

"Small Things, Lovingly Done, Are Always Within Our Reach"

Office for Resource Efficiency staff recently attended the Colorado Energy Forum presented by U.S. Senator Mark Udall. The forum highlighted Colorado’s Energy Plan and showcased the state’s collaborative approach to energy development and innovation. Senator Udall’s goal is to take what is happening in the State of Colorado and apply that as a model for the rest of the country.

Energy Smart Colorado- Hanna Riepl

It has been an interesting week here at ORE. Murtaza is steadily showing me the ropes pertaining to Energy Smart. My job this week was to organize and update Energy Smart's home auditing system data spread sheet. It has been a privilege deciphering the differences in efficient housing opposed to structures that display poor energy consumption. I am beginning to understand the benefits of investing in energy efficient utilities and sustainable building science techniques such as proper insulation, lighting, heating/cooling, ventilation, and moisture control.

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