Homer Alaska - News

Story last updated at 6:46 PM on Wednesday, November 9, 2011

HEA energy fair offers tips, info on latest technology

Morris News Service - Alaska

Homer Middle School will be a source of education for the whole family this Saturday when HEA's annual Energy Fair takes over the school. Homer Electric Association's energy fair will include sessions geared to adults, and booths for kids to enjoy. Presentations geared toward helping homeowners will take place throughout the day.

Among the presenters will be Wisdom and Associates, a firm that provides a variety of home energy-related services including energy ratings and indoor air quality investigations, according to its website. The firm also teaches related classes throughout the state.

"They're going to talk about home energy audits and things you can do to your house to make it more efficient," said HEA's Joe Gallagher.

Alaska Housing Finance Corp. will talk about state programs to help home- owners and how to navigate the application processes. The state offers energy rebate and weatherization programs.

"It's really a popular deal," Gallagher said.

Ocean Renewable Power Co., a relative newcomer to the Kenai Peninsula, also will present a workshop. ORPC will talk about the company's efforts to develop tidal power in Cook Inlet.

In addition to the presentations, Gallagher said the event includes 25 businesses and organizations sharing information about energy conservation.

The vendors will have information on construction materials, lighting options, alternative energy and other energy-related issues.

Local youth also will be honored for their entries in HEA's essay contest.

Door prizes, hot dogs, popcorn and other refreshments will be available. There will be a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Anchorage compliments of Era Alaska.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Homer Middle School. The fair was held earlier this month at Kenai Middle School.

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.

Molly Dischner is a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion.