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Free Alliance energy efficiency initiative workshops Feb. 23

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The Charleston Area Alliance energy efficiency initiative will host free workshops in Charleston from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The workshops are part of Energy Efficiency in the East End, or e4, a new initiative that pits East End blocks against one another to compete for the largest reduction in energy consumed. Each East End block will have a block captain that will be responsible for creating excitement, driving the competitive spirit, disseminating competition info and collecting data.

At the free Feb. 23 workshops, energy enthusiast Jeff Barrie will take participants through the inspirational and technical minutiae of energy efficiency.

At 9:30 at the Charleston Area Alliance office at 1116 Smith Street, meet Barrie and view his film "Kilowatt Ours," in which he explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production. Along the way Barrie encounters individuals, businesses, organizations and communities that are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power all while saving money and the environment.

At 10:30 at the alliance office, Green Your Home…with Dollar Bills! Barrie will let people into his inner circle and demystify the means to creating a more energy efficient home with little to no-cost monetary investments. An Appalachian Power representative will be on board to discuss ApCo's HomeSMART energy assessment that's available to all homeowners. Barrie will leave participants with a checklist that will help us save money and energy and win the competition.

At a noon lunch at the Roosevelt Community Center at 502 Ruffner Avenue, churches, businesses, organizations and individuals will offer tastes, or "dips," of a variety of foods in exchange for 50-cent tickets purchased. Proceeds from the event will benefit after-school and senior programs.

A third workshop at 1 p.m. at the East End Bazaar is titled Energy Efficiency Meets Creative Space. What is the connection between art and energy efficiency? Work with Barrie and local artists to create artistic pieces that representative the future of energy in the Kanawha Valley. The event is open and appropriate for all ages.

Finally, at 2:30, harness the power of the Re-Store at 301 Piedmont Road. Barrie, in partnership with Zegeer Hardware, will lead an interactive "tour" of the Re-Store to provide tips, insights and ideas about how to retrofit your home for energy efficiency, DIY style. This workshop is action orientated with hands-on practice for energy efficiency retrofits.

Other partners in the e4 effort include: Appalachian Power; East End Community Association; East End Main Street; Energy Efficient WV; Bridgemont Community & Technical College and the City of Charleston.

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