By Gina Noe
Plan to stop by the Extension Education Center this Saturday morning between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the Madison County Energy Expo. As we move into the winter months, everyone is looking for ways to save on energy costs. The Expo exhibitors and workshops will provide lots of information about energy conservation.
Billy Thomas from the University of Kentucky Forestry Department will present a workshop on getting the most for your wood-burning dollars. He will discuss various home heating options such as firewood, pellets and fake wood logs, as well as the advantages, disadvantages and costs of each. Safety aspects of burning and storing wood in the home will be covered.
During the workshop on chainsaw use, safety and basic maintenance, Jim Spangler will demonstrate how to safely cut down a tree and cut it up for firewood.
Josh Bills, Energy Specialist for MACED, will present two workshops. Renewable Energy for Your Home or Farm will explore three of many renewable energy options to reduce your energy costs. Solar electric and solar thermal, wind turbines and micro-hydro turbines will be discussed. In his second workshop, he will explain what net metering is, how it works and how you can take advantage of the opportunities to generate your own electricity.
Have you been considering installing a rain garden or a rain barrel for improving water quality and conservation? Kara Sayles from Bluegrass Pride will help you determine the right location, how to build and maintain a rain garden and what types of plants are most successful and environmentally beneficial. She also will give instructions for installing and maintaining rain barrels.
Other workshops to be offered on Saturday include Ten Simple Ways to Save Energy, Home Energy Audits, Deep Retro- Fits and a panel discussing bike and trail programs in the Central Kentucky area.
Blue Grass Energy lineman will be giving an outdoor demonstration on high voltage safety. We have all been told never to touch a downed power line - this demonstration will show why.
Local businesses and agencies will be showcasing energy-efficient products and service. There will be make-it/take-it craft workshops for kids and two $200 gift cards will be given away as door prizes.
Visit http://ces.ca.uky.edu/madison/ for more information, or call 623-4072. All activities are free and open to the public.
Educational programs of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.