Arlington Girl Scouts to host energy fair

ARLINGTON - Girl Scout Cadette Troop 30215 of Arlington will host an Energy Fair on Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fisher Elementary School that will provide information to help Vermont home and business owners save money while using less energy and protecting the climate.

The fair, which is the culminating event for the Cadette Scouts' "Take Action" project, is free and open to the public. Key Vermont organizations and businesses will offer a combination of informational booths and workshops because while spring is in the air, saving on heating and cooling costs is never out of season.

Vermont Neighbor Works will bring their energy audit home to the fair - a whole house - to demonstrate where the most effective energy improvements can be made for a home. Vermont Renewable Fuels will showcase wood pellets and the revolution in central heating taking place in Vermont which provides home and business owners with a means to save money and utilize an abundant local resource.

Central Vermont Solar and Wind, specializing in independent alternative power systems for building sites, an existing home or a camp located far from the last power pole, can assist those who wish to go off-grid.

Arlington based Solar Pro will be on hand promoting solar-powered water-heating opportunities. Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will offer a workshop to "Button Up" and make people's homes more comfortable and energy efficient, as well as electricity displays featuring Energy Star.

Visitors can take the ENERGY STAR Pledge which challenges people to take simple steps to save energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created the pledge which helped Americans in 2010 save nearly $18 billion on their energy bills and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas generated by the equivalent of 33 million vehicles.

Representatives of these organizations will also provide information about rebates and incentives available to offset costs for improvements and installations, and local vendors will be on hand as well to offer their products/services to implement cost saving ideas. Plus activities and games for kids like VEEP's electricity-producing bike and Vermont Renewable Fuels pellet truck.

"Educating Vermonters about saving energy not only helps save money and the environment, but it can also be a lot of fun," says Troop Leader Janne Pedemonti. "We're excited to broadcast this important message as a service to our community."

For more information contact Elizabeth Berger by email at or by phone at 375-6532 or Pedemonti by email at or by phone at 375-1218.


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