On September, 21, our team went on a field trip! We learned all about the Baxter Conservation area’s building, history, and how they saved energy. One of the ways they saved energy, (and money) was, their lights. They had Compact Florescent bulbs, which used ALOT less electricity, but, they had mercury in them and to much of it isn’t very healthy for us. Another thing was the way they heated, and cooled, their building with geo thermal energy. They use a well which pumps up the water, and takes out the warmth, or the coldness of the water, depending on the season. If it’s winter they send the water to another well to heat it up again. Meanwhile, they put the heat in to the building, and warm it up. Heat rises, so they put fans on the ceiling and turned them on low, so that the air from the fan pushed the hot air back down to the bottom and heats the room much faster. The air would seep out of the walls and use up more electricity. That’s why they piled up soil next to the walls to prevent the warm air from coming out. They also used a solar panel which helped to power their building, and the rest of the energy that they didn’t use they sold back to the power plant. We had loads of fun, and learned tons about alternative energy.