9/22/14 Programs to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month in October

October is National Energy Awareness Month – a national effort to underscore how central energy is to our national prosperity, security, and environmental well-being. To kick-off this month of energy efficiency and clean energy, SouthCoast Energy Challenge will be hosting the following events, to be held in Westport and open to all residents of SouthCoast:

Winterize Your Home for Unseasonable Weather: Learn about money and energy savings actions that can prepare your home for another colder (and wetter) than average winter with Diana Painter of SouthCoast Energy Challenge. Then learn all about Mass Save home energy assessments with Matt DiBiase of Next Step Living. A home energy assessment gives you a thorough overview of how you could make your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter while shrinking your monthly utility bill and your carbon footprint. This workshop will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Westport Free Public Library, Manton Community Room, 408 Old County Rd., Westport, MA.

Solar Tour: Board a van to see solar PV (photovoltaic) up-close and personal! The solar tour is designed to give homeowners a chance to view residential and small business solar installations in Westport. Ask questions of the solar experts leading the tour and the homeowners who can share their experiences with solar and energy efficiency upgrades. The tour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, leaving from Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners Lane, Westport, MA. Advance registration is required.

Solar 101: Learn how solar technology can be compatible with historic preservation from David Cole, member of the Westport Planning Board and the owner of a solar-powered home in the Westport Point Historic District. A retired Harvard economist, Mr. Cole will also share the financial results of utilizing solar energy. Explore the basics of solar electricity with RGS Energy and gain current information on the changing financial incentives for residential clean energy, as some of the state incentives will sunset this year. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Howland Hall, Westport Point United Methodist Church, 1912 Main Rd., Westport, MA. All programs are free and open to the public. National Energy Awareness Month promotes smart energy choices while supporting our economy, protecting our environment and increasing energy independence. It reminds us that each of us is a part of the solution as we move toward greater sustainability and a clean energy economy.

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