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Energy Kits

Colorado State University Extension offers Energy Kits to Schools and Home Owners

Teaching energy in schools is required by state standards, but teachers don’t always have access to materials to make lessons hands-on and engaging. Residents can benefit from identifying energy inefficiencies in the home and taking action to save energy and money. Youth and adults alike often don’t understand how energy works. To address these issues, Colorado State University Extension offices have now been equipped with One-Stop-Shop energy kits for use by a variety of community members.

Kits contain:

  • A Hand Crank Generator to charge small appliances or compare energy used by different lightbulbs.
  • Halogen and LED bulbs.
  • Lux (light) Meters.
  • Flicker Checkers to test the efficiency of ballasts for fluorescent tube lights.
  • Kill-A-Watt Monitors to measure appliance electricity use.
  • Variety of materials used to conduct basic home energy audits.

The entire One-Stop-Shop kit or just the Home Energy Audit Loan (HEAL) kit materials can be checked-out from the El Paso County Extension office at 17 N. Spruce St. A small refundable deposit is required for check-out. Contact Brenda at 719-520-7690 or email Extension’s ‘Your Energy Colorado’ program (, or see the energy kit webpage for more information:

Your Energy Colorado is the name for the CSU Extension’s energy efforts and includes a website with unbiased energy information and calculators for homes, small businesses, and communities:

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