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UMFK to host energy savings workshop

September 9, 2008

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host an energy savings workshop, which is sponsored by the Maine Public Service Company, entitled “Help Residents Save on Energy Cost” on Friday, September 26, 2008 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room.             

Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive an assortment of energy-saving items.            

A blend of keynote speakers will speak to residents on how they can save energy in the home and reduce the cost of their electricity bills.             

The workshop is broken down in four breakout sessions: Session one will provide information on energy audits will provide information on energy audits and demonstrate how home energy improvements can reduce their energy bills by professional energy auditors; Session two will introduce alternative energy, such as solar, wind, geothermal, heat pumps, etc. The session also will provide information for utilizing renewable energy sources in a typical home and the cost effectiveness of each option; Session three will describe the process needed for customers investing in renewable resources, generator and space heater safety; and Session four will deal with energy conservation, low-costs/no-cost options for home owners, how to read the electric meter, cost of operating appliances, etc.            

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions. Each session will last a half an hour. After each session all participants will convene to attend a power point presentation on energy saving measures.              

Participants also will explore many ways to reduce their energy bills through no-cost/low-cost conservation methods, home energy audits, alternative energy sources, and customer net energy billing.              

The energy savings workshops also will be held in Island Falls, Presque Isle and Caribou.            

For more information, contact Donald Eno, UMFK coordinator of outreach and distance education, at 834-7835.