Energy Conservation

WOW! has solar panels!  You can see how much electricity they are generating here.  In November 2011 the panels generated 252 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is enough to light the museum for one week.  The solar panels generate even more electricity in the summer, when the days are longer and the sun is higher in the sky.

There’s more!  Thanks to a grant from the City of Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee and a donation from Brayden Automation, WOW! installed a Demand Control System to monitor and regulate electricity use.  As a result of this system, WOW! is not only saving electricity, but also saving money that can be better spent on exhibits and programs.

These changes and upgrades were all made in 2011, guided by an Xcel Energy Audit conducted in late 2010.  How much did we save with these changes?

In November 2010, WOW! spent $721.27 for 3280 kwh of electricity from Xcel Energy.  In November 2011, WOW! generated 252 kwh of electricity from the solar panels and spent $228.91 for an additional 2400 kwh of electricity from Xcel Energy.  That’s a savings of 880 kwh and $492.36!

Other ways WOW! is conserving energy:
  • fluorescent light bulbs to save electricity
  • programmed thermostats and added roof insulation to save natural gas
  • low water flush toilets to save water
Energy saving tips for your home:
Fun energy activity websites for kids:

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110 N. Harrison Ave
Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 604-2424

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Tuesday & Wednesday: Toddler Hour 9am-10am
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Monday: Closed

WOW! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Upcoming Events

  • Events on September 23, 2014

    Story time with Sue

    September 23, 2014

    Bring your kids to WOW! for a fun-filled story time with books, rhymes and songs. This drop in program is included with Museum admission.

  • Events on September 24, 2014

    French with Véronique

    September 24, 2014

    110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026

    Four week session for kids 0 to 5 years old and is $9 per class ($36 total) with a discount for siblings (half price). Pay instructor directly via cash or check. Enjoy the Museum after class at a discounted rate on that day (just mention you are taking the French class at check-in). For more information visit:

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