COLUMBUS - Homeowners and business owners interested in saving energy and learning about resources available to assist may register for an energy workshop 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Wyandot County Fairgrounds.
The workshop is one of eight "Energy Savings and Financial Incentives for Home and Business" workshops being organized throughout the state by Ohio State University Extension in cooperation with Ohio Department of Development's Energy Resources Division and Green Energy Ohio.
Each workshop is to feature two panel discussions to provide suggested steps to begin energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects; examples of successful projects, including cost estimates; financial assistance programs to reduce the cost of doing a project; and where to get assistance in planning and doing a project.
"One of the panels will focus on renewable energy - solar, wind turbines and geothermal, for example - for homes and businesses that would require a larger investment of dollars," said Cindy Bond-Zelinski, OSU Extension educator in community development and one of the event organizers. "The other panel will discuss energy efficiency - replacing light bulbs, adding insulation, using the Energy Star program to choose appliances.
"We hope that people come away with more knowledge about renewable energy and energy efficiency, and that they use that knowledge to gain assistance, whether it's through tax rebates, through programs offered by the Ohio Department of Development, or in other ways to help them move to the next step."
Following the presentations, participants are to have an opportunity to meet with panel members for discussion of their specific energy savings programs. Panel members are to include representatives from electric utilities, energy advocacy organizations, state agencies, renewable energy firms, and non-profit organizations supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy activities for home and business.
The workshop is funded through a ODOD grant.
There is no charge, but space is limited so advance registration is required.
People who register are assured participation.
The fairgrounds is at 10171 SR 53 North, Upper Sandusky.