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    FARMER’S MARKET – $

    Holland is lucky to have a great farmer’s market full of local produce and goodies. Looking for a fun Saturday morning activity? Turn off the AC and take the family to wander this local treasure. First Stop: Coffee. Skip the coffee maker at home and grab a cup at the Market. Simpatico has all the caffeine […]

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    How to Win the Biggest Loser Competition: Heating & Cooling

    Before we just into Heating and Cooling I wanted to share with you a free giveaway from Mother Earth News featured below. Click here or the pic to sign up! If you have been following the weekly emails about home energy efficiency pyramid you will know this week are covering Heating, Ventilation, and Cooling (HVAC).  The first […]

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    How to Win the Biggest Loser Competition: Water Heaters

    What is the #1 reason to upgrade your water heater from a sustainability standpoint? A. Reduce energy usage B. Improve indoor air quality C. Have endless hot water D. None of the above. If you guess B you are correct! If you have been following the weekly emails about home energy efficiency pyramid you will know […]

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    Retrofit Report: High Schoolers to Celebrate Energy Wars Winners

      What: Energy Wars – The Final Event When: 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 Where: Hope College Maas Center, 264 Columbia Ave., Holland Who: All area high school students, plus anyone else Why: Celebrate winning school, hear energy plant update, plus Energy Expo, refreshments and dozens and dozens of door prizes for students. […]

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    Retrofit Report: Home Energy Plan Presents Historic Opportunity for Holland

    It’s like 1893 all over again in Holland. That’s the year the city made the momentous decision to build its own power plant, a forward-looking choice that drove growth and economic vitality for more than a century. Now Holland is at another watershed moment for energy, making choices that will define the community for the […]

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    Retrofit Report: Biggest Loser Challenge is ‘Right Thing to Do’ for Couple

    Beth and Dan Wassink don’t look like losers. But they’re hoping they might be losers. Maybe even big losers. The Washington Avenue couple is among the early entrants in the Holland Energy Prize Biggest Loser Challenge. “We’re green,” they both said. “We like the idea of trying to save energy.” They own a Volt and […]

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    Retrofit Report: Youth Energy Teams Knocking on Every Holland Door

    Young people like Tony Curtis and Amy Munoz are peddling Holland’s energy future door to door. It’s a pitch well worth making — and listening to. The two are among 24 “youth energy ambassadors” who will knock on 5,400 doors in the city to introduce energy-saving ideas. Already in recent weeks they’ve visited more than […]

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    Be Holland’s Biggest (Energy) Loser – and Win

    Losing is winning when it comes to Holland’s Biggest Loser contest — biggest energy loser, that is. What does it take to lose big? Simple things: Turn off lights, unplug appliances, keep the heat down and visit HollandEnergyPrize.com for more tips. To be Holland’s “biggest loser,” a resident need only sign up and reduce his […]

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    Michigan City in 4th Place for $5M Energy Prize

    The City of Holland has moved up the ranks in a two-year contest that is challenging communities to rethink their energy use, and comes with a $5 million purse for the winner. Holland is fourth place among 50 cities nationwide competing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, or GUEP, according to data released this week […]

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    Keep Warm This Winter: Easy Fixes to Keep Your Home Cozy

    Winter has come in with a whimper, but despite El Niño warming the weather, this is still Michigan and forecasters are predicting winter will come. When temperatures drop, don’t be left holding that soaring energy bill. Here are a few things — big and small — energy experts recommend to keep cozy this winter. Quick fixes […]

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