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May/June 2014
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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April 30, 2014
In the summer of 2007, Willie Karidis came into my office at the electric utility where I worked with a challenging problem that, with time, would get worse. Karidis was the executive director of the Denali Education Center (DEC), a nonprofit organization that houses guests visiting Denali National Park and Preserve during the peak tourist season in Alaska. DEC also houses employees who work there through the summer. This campus offers educational programs in Denali and supports park research. Besides housing and educating guests, DEC has meeting and eating facilities, offices, and an infrastructure for supplying heat and hot water for the residents. Karidis’s challenge was to control the soaring costs of energy at the DEC campus by finding appropriate ways to reduce energy use.

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