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  1. Energy Efficient Holiday Lighting

    Whether draped over a Christmas tree, or outlining the house, lights are a sign of holiday cheer. They can also mean a jump in your electric bills -- that is, unless they're LED. LED stands for light-emitting diode. This type of holiday lights...

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  2. Report: Statler College among top schools offering real-world experiences to students

    The National Academy of Engineering has named the Benjamin M. Statler College at West Virginia University as one of 29 programs in the nation that effectively incorporate real-world experiences into engineering...

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  3. Enterprise has Vision for Protecting Environment

    The “green” that’s part of Enterprise goes far beyond the company’s logo. Becoming more environmentally responsible and sustainable is part of a corporate culture with roots right here in West Virginia. Tonya Kyle is the Group Operations manager...

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  4. C & H Taxi adds Toyota Prius to fleet

    A cab company in Charleston is going green and saving it too, now that the Toyota Prius is part of its fleet. C & H Taxi CEO Jeb Corey said he had been looking into alternative fuel vehicles for the past few years. “We have...

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  5. Savings are easy as changing a light bulb

    Reprinted with permission of The Sunday Gazette-Mail: wvgazettemail.com By Sara Busse CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- John Wells holds a box of common light bulbs in his arms, knowing that the box represents an expensive past and a very bright and thrifty...

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  6. Home energy audit finds savings in nooks and crannies

    Reprinted with permission of The Sunday Gazette-Mail: wvgazettemail.com By Julie Robinson CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The polite GoodCents technician turned up right on time for the Appalachian Power/AEP West Virginia home energy audit we had...

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  7. Habitat Houses Now Energy-Efficient

    A family in Cabell County not only has a new home to call their own, they also are saving hundreds of dollars each month in utility costs—thanks to the local Habitat for Humanity’s plan to make each of its homes energy-efficient. The latest home,...

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  8. Wind Energy: A West Virginia Business Opportunity

    While coal is and will continue to be the principal energy resource for making electricity in West Virginia, wind energy is also becoming a player as well. West Virginia is home to four wind farms: the 66 MW Wind Energy Center in Tucker County, the...

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  9. National Energy Education Development Project (NEED)

    Instead of the three R’s, today’s students learn the three W’s: wind, water and warming. They’re discovering how to apply energy knowledge at home and for careers they will pursue in the future. Learning about energy in a real hands-on way, they...

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  10. West Virginia Is a Geothermal Hot Spot

      Researchers have uncovered the largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States. According to a unique collaboration between Google and academic geologists, West Virginia sits atop several hot patches of Earth, some as warm as 200˚C and as...

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  11. West Virginia - Country Roads to Geothermal Power

    Could clean, reliable, baseload geothermal energy be produced in the Pioneer State? The SMU Geothermal Laboratory, led by Principal Investigator Dr. David Blackwell, has discovered unexpectedly high temperatures beneath West Virginia capable of...

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  12. SMU Geothermal Mapping Project Reveals Large, Green Energy Source in Coal Country

    DALLAS (SMU) — New research produced by Southern Methodist University’s Geothermal Laboratory, funded by a grant from Google.org, suggests that the temperature of the Earth beneath the state of West Virginia is significantly higher than previously...

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  13. EcoCAR challenges WVU students to make transportation greener

    A group of West Virginia University students are paving the way to a greener future through their participation in EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate advanced vehicle technology engineering competition. The competition challenges...

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  14. Wyoming County Schools Earn Energy Star Accolades

    Wyoming County Schools earn ENERGY STAR accolades By Andrea B. Bond Wyoming County Schools has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leaders Top Performer for achieving an average portfolio rating of 87. “We have eight out of 10 of the ENERGY...

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