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'Get Energy Smarter' workshops for Fayette County residents debut Nov. 22

11/17/2010 —

Fayette County Commission Chairman Vince Zapotosky announced today a series of four (4) free Residential “Get Energy Smarter” Workshops to be held at the Penn State Fayette Campus.  The Fayette Energy Partnership will present four different “Get Energy Smarter” workshops for Fayette County homeowners, senior citizens, renters and apartment/home rental landlords at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus beginning Monday, Nov. 22. The free workshops—each focusing on a specific audience—will be held on consecutive Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Corporate Training Center in the campus’ Eberly Building.

The FEP is the project team—consisting of nearly two dozen organizations and agencies—working on behalf of the Fayette County Commissioners Office to implement the $4.1 million energy efficiency and conservation block grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year.

One of the major objectives of the DOE grant is to generate awareness of the value of energy efficiency and conservation among Fayette County residents and to help residents identify opportunities to implement money-saving improvements in their homes. Upcoming “Get Energy Smarter” workshops include:

  • Monday, November 22—“Get Energy Smarter for Homeowners”
    Presenters Jonathan Nadle, senior energy auditor with Conservation Consultants Inc., and Rick Rothhaar, solar expert and director of business development for CCI, will present the manual on how to operate your home in an energy-efficient way.
  • Monday, November 29—“Get Energy Smarter for Senior Citizens”
    Erin Albert, Fayette County native and energy auditor and energy educator for CCI, and Rothhaar will provide energy safety and efficiency tips for senior citizen homeowners.
  • Monday, December 6—“Get Energy Smarter for Renters”
    Albert and Tony Saccamango, certified energy auditor and manager of the Smart Comfort program at CCI, will present information for renters on how to save energy in their rented residences, including tips for energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Monday, December 13—“Get Energy Smarter for Apartment/Home Rental Landlords”
    Saccamango will discuss whole-building energy-saving ideas and tips for landlords to help themselves and their renters save energy and money.

Chairman Zapotosky urged Fayette County residents to participate in the free energy workshops, “the Department of Energy has provided Fayette County a $4M energy award to help county residents get informed about the benefits of energy efficiency and use the grant money to retro-fit their homes, apartments, rental units and save money on utility bills.  The commissioners and I invite you to attend these informative work sessions to find out about the Fayette County grant, learn how your energy bills can be reduced and get your energy questions answered.”  In the coming months, additional workshops will be held to engage local residential contractors and other county stakeholders about they can participate in and receive benefits from the Fayette Energy: Partnership.”

The FEP is a collaborative effort of government, education, workforce and economic development, public utilities, and community agencies and organizations with the common goal to reduce energy consumption in Fayette County; to provide opportunities for un- and underemployed residents of Fayette County to enter energy-efficiency careers; and to document energy-saving reductions in the county in a replicable strategy that can serve as a model to help other areas of the country.

For more information on the “Get Energy Smarter” workshops, contact Penn State Fayette, 724-430-4211.

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