A MAINE PRO­GRAM AIMS TO MAKE SNOW­MAK­ING MORE EF­FI­CIENT.

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Ef­fi­ciency Maine wants you to put down your guns.

But it’s snow guns, not hand­guns, that the quasi-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is charged with ad­min­is­ter­ing the state’s en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency pro­grams, is try­ing to get off the streets—er, slopes. The goal is to help Maine re­sorts use as lit­tle en­ergy as pos­si­ble to make snow. The pro­gram puts a bounty on old guns, of­fer­ing money to­ward the pur­chase of ef­fi­cient new ones—as much as $3,000 each, de­pend­ing on the level of ef­fi­ciency. Sun­day River has pledged to de­stroy 173 en­ergy hogs and will save enough juice to power 220 Maine homes a year. Other re­sorts are “get­ting in line.” That’s right, says EM’s Ian Burnes: “Put down the Rat­nik Baby Snow Gi­ant and no­body gets hurt.”

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