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Story last updated at 2:12 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

HEA plans energy, conservation fairs

Workshops on energy rebate program, weatherization techniques, tidal power featured

Staff Report

Homer Electric Association is offering two opportunities to learn about the latest innovations in energy-saving appliances, home improvements and alternative energy with its third annual Energy and Conservation Fair.

One fair will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Kenai Middle School in Kenai. The fair will be repeated the following Saturday, Nov. 12, at West Homer Elementary School.

The fairs will feature vendors displaying a variety of energy conservation-related products including appliances, construction materials, heating sources, lighting options and alternative energy information. The fairs also will highlight the winners of an energy conservation student contest sponsored by HEA.

There still are a few booth spaces available and interested vendors can contact Trudi Formica at (907) 283-2314 for more information about participating in the fairs.

Energy and Conservation Fair sponsors this year include Alaska Craftsman Home Program Inc., Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Era Aviation, Home Depot, Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, Spenard Builders, Stanley Ford and Wisdom and Associates.

"HEA is excited to host its third annual Energy and Conservation Fair. We have a great line-up of more than 20 local vendors who are eager to share their knowledge about energy-saving devices with HEA members. Energy conservation is important to HEA and the bottom line is that it can save our members money," said Sandra Ghormley, HEA manager of member relations.

The fairs also will feature door prizes, popcorn, hot dogs and other refreshments, with a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Anchorage compliments of ERA Aviation.

In addition to the vendor booths, the fairs will include a series of workshops that will focus on weatherization and rebate programs and a Cook Inlet tidal power project that HEA is supporting.

Representatives from Wisdom and Associates will be conducting workshops on how to make energy efficient upgrades to homes.

The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. also will be conducting workshops on how to take advantage of the state's weatherization and rebate program.

Representatives from Ocean Renewable Power Company will conduct a third seminar focusing on their work in Cook Inlet and the goal of generating tidal power by 2013.

The workshop schedule for both the Kenai and Homer fairs is:

• Session 1 — 10:15 a.m. -11 a.m.: Home Energy Upgrades – Making Your Dollars Count

(Repeat at 1:15 p.m.)

Don't know where to spend your home improvement dollars? This seminar will give you tips on the most cost-effective ways to spend your money. Insulation, doors, windows, heating and air sealing topics will be covered.

Presenter: Wisdom and Associates

• Session 2 — 11:15 a.m.-noon: Energy Rebate and Weatherization Programs

(Repeat at 2:15 p.m.)

Learn about the variety of rebate and loan programs available through the Alaska Housing Finance Program. The seminar will walk you through the process and provide tips on how to make a successful application.

Presenter: Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

• Session 3 — 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.: Cook Inlet Tidal Power Project

(Repeat at 3:15 p.m.)

Presenter: Ocean Renewable Power Company