Growing Spaces Conserves Energy on a Daily Basis

See the list our office team members came up with of various steps we take to preserve precious resources. We are “Committed to being a truly Green Company”.


  • Photovoltaic grid tie system: We sell electricity back to the grid. We may be the only off the grid manufacturing place in Pagosa Springs.
  • We minimize our phantom loads by routing all computers through power strips and turning power strips off each night.
  • Extra insulation has been installed on the shop ceiling: foam board with foil paper.
  • Solar powered shop heater: hot air and antifreeze in a radiator. Cuts our heating bill from $300 to $160 using free energy!
  • Solar powered forklift is a big deal in manufacturing, it isn’t a wimpy one, it lifts heavy loads.
  • We use high mpg vehicles when possible.
  • Our domes are entirely solar powered by design, including solar cooling fans, undersoil fans, solar water fountain, and passive solar water tank.
  • Low impact/cost storage spaces.
  • Cottage industry: lumber kits cut at home locations to reduce the size of the facility needed.
  • Some employees bicycle to work.
  • Carpooling by owners and employees as often as possible.
  • The bulk of our promotional and instructional materials are handled electronically rather than paper copy.
  • Employee planting beds provide “locally grown food”.
  • Lunchroom has real dishes, cups, glasses and silverware to avoid use of paper plates, plastic silverware, etc.
  • Lunchroom has a water filter on the tap to avoid the use of bottled water.
  • Lunch provided one to two times a week, reduces employee expense and car use to go get lunch. Many ingredients for the lunch are from the domes.
  • Salad greens grown in the on-site domes are used for employee lunches.
  • Using electronic fax program at our satellite office to minimize paper/ink usage.


  • Composting our vegetable and plant waste on site in the garden beds.
  • Feeding the pests to the fish: sow bugs, slugs.
  • Rainwater catchments for irrigation.
  • Office furniture is secondhand wherever possible, buy locally and reuse.
  • We reuse every file folder, envelope, flip-side of paper.


  • At a recent Green Festival instead of passing out paper brochures, we handed out small pea seed packets with our website address.
  • Utilize pre-owned/recycled domes as “models/demonstrations” on site, even though they aren’t the newest example of our complete beauty.
  • Recycling crates received for shipments going out and recycling crate materials in other construction projects.
  • Practice recycling (not offered on a residential basis in our town) on site.
  • Two sizes of our Growing Domes are available in recycled glazing option.
  • Brochures are printed on recycled paper.
  • The printer bypass tray is filled with recycled paper at all times, for non customer documents.
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Kyle joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoys being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!I graduated from Pagosa Springs High School in 2009 and moved to Gunnison, Colorado to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. After graduating from Western State Colorado University, I moved back to my home town Pagosa Springs. Since moving back home in 2013, I have been working to develop a farm in Arboles. In my spare time, one may find me backpacking in the wilderness, cruising on a mountain bike, slacklining in the park, or skiing Wolf Creek. I also enjoy creating art when I am not outdoors. The mediums that I enjoy working with are yarn, canvas and paint, and clay. I have been experimenting with aquapoinics and am always excited to share knowledge on the subject with others. I joined the Growing Spaces team in 2015, and enjoy being involved in all the exciting projects and developments happening around here!


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