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A windmill on a Crary Mills farm.  Photo:  Local Living Venture
A windmill on a Crary Mills farm. Photo: Local Living Venture

Preview: mini-energy fair in Canton

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Small-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency are among the topics up for discussion at a mini-energy fair in Canton tomorrow. The Local Living Venture is sponsoring the event at Cooperative Extension's Learning Farm on Route 68.

Todd Moe spoke with co-organizer Chelle Lindahl, who says the event will include speakers, workshops and local vendors.

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Lindahl said they have worked very hard to gear this fair towards the average consumer to try to help them lower their utility bills. She hopes it will help consumers gain knowledge on how to lower their costs, as well as options that are available. “Winter season is coming; we need to lower our utility bills as much as we can and keep ourselves warm and comfortable.”

Whether you have a new home or and old one, or are looking to build in the future, the energy fair can help to design an energy-saving retrofit, or to build energy-efficiency into a new home. Vendors will offer free energy assessments for your home. Also, people who attend the energy efficiency presentation will get a free $15 energy kit. There is a lot of technology available for the complete spectrum of homeowners, Lindahl said.

There are wood-heating innovations that can help homeowners cut costs. For example, one wood stove continues to heat a house for 24 to 36 hours after the fire has gone out. It uses a third of the wood of conventional stoves, but it does require some maintenance, said Lindahl. There will be sessions to teach people about fire science so they get the most efficient burning processes.

Alternative heating methods will be discussed, such as tankless water heaters, in-floor radiant heating, and geothermal heating. Some of these may be a little pricey, but Lindahl said to keep in mind that cost can be offset. Lindahl got a 3% loan and a $5000 grant to make her own home more energy efficient. There are programs out there that can help, and they will also be shared at the event.

The energy fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tickets can be bought at the door or online.

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