Grand County employee spearheads ‘Practically Green’ effort |

Grand County employee spearheads ‘Practically Green’ effort

A “Practically Green Project” is being launched in the Grand County Administration Building and eventually in other county buildings.

Coordinated by county employee Cecilia Peterson, the campaign to save energy and money in practical ways – such as by turning off lights, replacing incandescent lights with fluorescent ones, installing programmable thermostats and turning off computers, printers, monitors and other office equipment when not in use – received commissioners’ blessing on Tuesday.

Just by turning off computers when not in use can save as much as $44 per computer, Peterson told commissioners.

Recycling paper, metals, glass, plastics, cardboard and other industrial materials is also being encouraged among departments since production of these items consumes energy.

60-foot wind turbine approved

Grand County commissioners unanimously approved the County’s first special-use permit for a wind turbine that exceeds the county’s height limits.

The turbine will be mounted on a 60-foot tower and produce nominally 3 kilowatts of electrical power.

Applicant Jim Ritschard was confronted with a prohibitive cost to bring utility power to his new home so he chose to produce his own power. The Ritschard property in Kremmling is at the head-end of the county’s wind corridor, situated in the northwest corner of the county and exposed to nearly constant wind.

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