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Couple Buys An Old And Abandoned High School And Transforms It

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Almost twenty years ago, Charles Shaw came across an abandoned junior high school in Durango, Colorado and saw the vacant building as an opportunity. Purchasing the school, Shaw gave the space one incredible transformation into a model of energy efficiency and community.

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Charles bought the Smiley Building from the school district in 1997 and he’s been working on it ever since. Shaw originally envisioned the school as becoming a home for artists, being a vibrant center of living, learning and creativity.

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However, energy efficiency became a major problem when the monthly utility bills were costing him over $5,000. Charles decided to switch all of the building’s lighting to LED, control all ventilation through motion sensors and use solar panels for electricity.

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Making the 45,000-square-foot building as energy efficient as possible, Shaw was able to drop the utility bills to just $300 a month. Charles was previously a plumbing contractor as well as an electrical contractor, which helped him renovate the building on his own.

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However, energy efficiency became a major problem when the monthly utility bills were costing him over $5,000. Charles decided to switch all of the building’s lighting to LED, control all ventilation through motion sensors and use solar panels for electricity.

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Making the 45,000-square-foot building as energy efficient as possible, Shaw was able to drop the utility bills to just $300 a month. Charles was previously a plumbing contractor as well as an electrical contractor, which helped him renovate the building on his own.

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