will show how he
reduced the electric energy consumption of an average size Fort Collins home to less than one-half of the average Fort Collins home consumption, and then added a modest rooftop solar system to make the home achieve net-zero electric energy."Conservation first: while not as glamorous or simple as adding a photovoltaic solar system, it is a far more cost effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to electric energy production for our personal needs."The techniques shown here are not high tech or expensive, and by employing these principles valuable results should be achievable by most households.Jeff
will also present data showing how insidious phantom loads represented over 25% of his
home electric energy consumption before the makeover, and suggest entrepreneurial opportunities within the field.Jeff Lebesch is the founder of the New Belgium Brewing Company.He
received an Electrical Engineering degree from Washington University in St Louis, worked in micro and power electronics fields in St Louis, Denver, and Fort Collins until 1991, when he
wife Kim Jordan started the brewing company in the basement of their house.Jeff has been a life-long advocate of energy conservation, both thermal and electrical, and as chief engineer of New Belgium ensured that energy conservation principles were the foundation of every brewery project.Today, Jeff is retired from daily operations at New Belgium, and volunteers his time on the Fort Collins Electric Board, Climate Task Force, and Energy Supply Policy development sub-committee, plus teaches engineering principles to elementary school students through the First Lego League robotics program.