We recently posted an intriguing statistic on our Facebook page regarding the energy savings achieved when glass bottles are reused. We posted an energy offset of 36,720 kWh due to the reuse of 180 cases of Kind Vines wine bottles. I’d first like to make a correction to that statement by saying that our energy savings is probably closer to 24,710 kWh. This correction comes from a finding on the website of Waste Management’s San Diego divison (http://www.wastemanagementsd.com/env/glass.asp), stating that “Refillable glass bottles use 19,000 Btu’s of energy as compared to 58,000 Btu’s used by throwaway glass bottles.” Assuming, of course, that these values are averaged over all types and varieties of common glass bottles, and converting from BTU to kWh, our offset from reusing 180 cases (2,160 bottles) is nearly 25 MWh. I know, that sounds like a lot of energy. A friend of mine in the HVAC business helped put this in context. He states that (correct me here, friend, if I’ve calculated incorrectly) 25,000 kWh is enough energy to power the average household for about 600 days! I’m just waiting for somebody to dispute these numbers, they just seem so unreal. Whatever the numbers, we’re witnessing an incredible momentum behind the reusable bottle concept in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona. We’re starting a revolution. Be Green. Return the Kind.