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Bill Pauling checks the thermostat at Bill's Supermarket in Montevideo. A heat exchange unit that captures waste heat from the store's refrigeration system is proving its worth by reducing the need to run a natural gas furnace. So much so, a utility company's meter reader came to see why usage was so low. Tribune photoby Tom Cherveny

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MONTEVIDEO -- Just as the heating season got underway in earnest, Bill Pauling spotted a guy looking over the natural gas meter at his downtown, Montevideo grocery store with a quizzical look on his face.


"I couldn't figure out what the guy was doing,'' said Pauling, owner of Bill's Supermarket.

The man with the quizzical look was the meter reader sent out by Xcel Energy.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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