The Peak

A Blog from Black Hills Corporation

Jun 24, 2013 Hillary

If you only ever watch one video about the ‘smart grid,’ make it this one

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Sure, there are a lot of hilarious videos of goats screaming like humans that you’ve been meaning to catch up on.

But if you spend just four minutes and 26 seconds on this video from “Burn: An Energy Journal” and featured by Fast Company, I promise it’ll be worth your time. And you’ll be entertained and informed.

Jun 17, 2013 Hillary

Fight the flames before they threaten your community

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Obviously, it’s already a dry summer throughout our service territory. But by working with your neighbors, you can make your property — and your neighborhood — much safer from the threat of flames and embers of a wildfire. In fact, you could even apply to become a Firewise Community.

Jun 10, 2013 Hillary

Figuring out fact vs. fiction when it comes to tornadoes and lightning

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After all of the devastation Oklahoma experienced from storms in the past few weeks, it seems like a good time to talk about what’s true and what’s not when it comes to tornadoes and lightning, courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Jun 03, 2013 Hillary

7 fun facts you didn’t know about energy

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While perusing the interwebs, I ran across this fascinating article. Since you probably don’t have the time or energy (see what I did there? I know. Clever, clever.) to read all 55, I’ve pulled out the seven most interesting.

Bust a couple of these out at your next dinner party (Do people still have dinner parties? Probably only in “Downton Abbey.”), and your dining companions will marvel at your intellect.

May 27, 2013 Hillary

Sit or sprint: Either way, you’re generating electricity

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The article explains that “the desk chair is equipped with a metal seat that gets hot as a person emits body heat, but the underside stays cools through a pattern of metal fins so you're generating electricity while you sit. 

May 20, 2013

Don’t be like Mike: 9 ways to keep your home secure

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It was one of those rare Midwestern spring days where the wind wasn’t blowing but the sun was full-on shining. As the temperate reached a near-perfect 78 degrees, Mike decided a little light yard work was in order.

He went to the garage to grab the rake and hoses. It was such a nice day that Mike decided to leave the garage door open. He would only be a couple hundred feet away, toiling away in the backyard.