The CSU Extension in Gilpin County helps mountain residents improve their quality of life by offering a website, classes and programs that provide unbiased, research-based information on forestry, wildfire, wildlife, mountain gardening, noxious weeds and many other issues. Through our 4-H programs, we help youth develop life skills and to become more interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning.
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Overview

Learn much more about energy in Colorado at the CSU Extension Energy page: http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/energy/

Save money! Conduct a do-it yourself home energy audit: http://diyenergy.colostate.edu/home.php

Learn even more about energy use in your house by checking out a HEAL Kit:

  • Home Energy Audit Loan (HEAL) Program – detect electricity waste and air leaks by borrowing a kill-a-watt power monitor and thermal leak detector for free. NEW! Borrow a thermal camera as part of the HEAL Kit, for free! Simply stop by our Office or call us at (303) 582-9106 to make a reservation. To borrow the thermal camera, we require a $100 fully-refundable deposit.  Learn more about the HEAL Kit here
  • Request an Energy Workshop or Presentation – we’ll put together workshops or presentations on our DIY Energy Assessment tools, energy efficiency, solar, or wind energy for consumers and agricultural producers.

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  • Online Resources – the energy homepage provides a variety of online fact sheets, videos, decision tools, webinars, and more.

Wind Energy

Sometimes it seems like the wind is always blowing in Gilpin County. But does that mean that the wind is of the right sort to produce good electricity?

On Jan 7, 2010 in partnership with United Power, we installed a SkyStream 3.7 wind turbine on the Fairgrounds outside the Extension Office. After 3 years of data, we found that the turbine only produced about 1000 khw/year or about $100 worth of electricity. The winds at this particular site are too gusty and turbulent to provide much useable power, thus wind energy was not found to be cost effective. In January 2014, the turbine was decommissioned.

Here is wind energy information from a 60 meter tall anemometer that was installed December of 2008, and left up for about a year.

Click here for more information on wind energy