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STEP-UP to Host Community Energy Fair Saturday

The event, which marks the program's one-year anniversary, runs from 1-4 p.m. at University Park Elementary.

If you're curious about ways to reduce your energy consumption and home utility bills, drop by this Saturday, Jan. 28 for STEP-UP's family-friendly Community Energy Fair.

The event, which runs from 1-4 p.m., marks the the one-year anniversary of STEP-UP (Small Town Energy Program for University Park).

Backed by a federal stimulus grant, STEP-UP helps residents conduct efficiency "audits" and retrofit their houses with energy-saving improvements. The program aims to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent in at least 20 percent of the town's homes.

Saturday's event will feature:

  • Contractors and other experts who can discuss a wide range of energy-related topics, including high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, renewable energy systems, energy-efficient lighting and windows, home energy audits, and other improvements. 
  • Hands-on demonstrations of easy fixes you can make to your home.
  • Supervised activities for children, including age-appropriate activities and puppet shows.
  • Five prizes of $500 each to be used towards energy-efficient home improvements (open to all attendees).
  • Information about plans to expand STEP-UP into neighboring communities.

For specific questions about the fair, contact Chuck Wilson at cwilson@ase.org.

For more information about STEP-UP generally, contact STEP-UP Energy Coach, Suzanne Parmet at energycoach@upmd.org.

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