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Days That Turn Into Magic

It’s a tough challenge I face, determining how I will spend my time each day. At Current-C Energy Systems, Inc., we say that we “perform magic with energy, turning expenses into profits”.  Behind that magic, however, is a lot of effort and knowledge – knowledge that we adapt not only to the specific needs of […]

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What Birds Can Teach us About Energy Efficiency

Sometimes, I wonder about large and thorny questions such as why people don’t understand that by “investing” in energy efficiency and sustainability, they are investing in something with real benefits – psychological, health, comfort, efficiency, upgrade, environmental, and – yes – economic benefits. Sometimes, it seems more important to look at a bird’s nest. Here […]

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Why choose energy effectiveness?

Please, help me understand…. Why is it that we make decisions, or don’t make decisions, that would put us so much further ahead in so many ways? In the energy field, why would rather shiver in corner offices, cope with aging heating and cooling equipment that must be repaired weekly, leave office lights on when […]

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Giving Thanks For Small Business

It is Thanksgiving this week. And although we are less likely these days to be giving thanks for a bountiful harvest, “thanks” are always in season. In a slight departure from writing about energy, I’d like to give thanks for small businesses. Because we, together, can change the world. Look around you – governments are […]

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Fall. How Energy Changes.

Fall. Hallowe’en. That time of year when scary ghosts of “energy hogs” start invading our living and working spaces… time for the sweaters to come out of the closet, lights to be turned on for longer hours, more time to be spent indoors…. This year, I vowed to cover up my swamp cooler early – […]

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How Important Is Energy Flow?

It was Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque last week, the time of year when visitors descend en masse and balloons fill the skies every morning, landing about the time residents are on their way to work in any open (or sort of open) field. I followed an orca to my Thursday morning meeting. It’s a fiesta […]

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False Economy…

A number of years ago, I drove a large truck. It was comfy, and convenient, and ate up these western miles like nobody’s business. It was also a bit “long in the tooth”, and I was beginning to see my repair bills climb. But it was paid for, and I enjoyed driving it, and of […]

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What is a “Green Building”?

Over the past several decades, “Green Buildings” seem to have sprung up everywhere. But – what actually IS a “green building”? For someone living in the Amazon jungle, it’s probably a small house made from tree limbs and leaves, raised off the ground – allowing cooling breezes, keeping rain and sun out, above the denizens […]

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The Energy-Water Collision

The Energy-Water Collision

Not too long ago, it used to be called the “Energy Water nexus” in recognition of the fact that there is an intimate connection between water and energy.   I’ve recently finished some workshops for the New Mexico Rural Water Association on energy in drinking water and wastewater plants, and the participants were of course […]

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Avoiding Change

Sometimes I wonder, looking back through time, if there really WERE periods of time when people felt as though things would go on as they were, without change, as long as there were stars in the sky and wind in the hills.  Did our ancestors feel that the future was a known quantity, that their […]

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