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Don't feel guilty about leaving on the lights at Chena Hot Springs Resort; most of the energy is geothermal. Since July 2006 the resort has been utilizing the 165°F springwater to power three turbines. This feat shocked geothermal experts who claimed that water temperatures must be at least 220°F. This free source of power allows the resort to run greenhouses through the –40°F winters. The daily 2 pm free Renewable Energy tours end at these productive greenhouses, where row upon row of lettuce, up to 25 heads a day, and five varieties of tomatoes thrive off a hydroponic, or soil-free, system. Order a salad for dinner and taste the special flavor of local, fresh-picked greens.
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