Students claim prizes in HEA's energy contest.

Students claim prizes in HEA's energy contest.

HEA’s Energy Fair offers money saving solutions

As the seasons change, and the demand for lights and heat increase on the Kenai Peninsula, the local member owned Homer Electric Association Inc., or HEA, held its seventh Annual Energy and Conservation Fair on Oct. 3, at Soldotna High School, or SoHi, as the Stars prepared to notch up another football championship. Nearly 30 vendors participated in this year’s event.

“We had everything you could think of regarding energy efficiency was here from lighting to heating and insulation to cleaning your clothes dryer vent we had experts to help you save money,” said Joe Gallagher, Homer Electric Association’s Director of Member Relations.

Additionally, as a public service, Shred Alaska was set up in the Soldotna High School parking lot, shredding any documents free of charge for anyone that brought their papers to them.

Gallagher said he believes public awareness has resulted in customer energy usage decreasing.

“The average residential used to be about 630 kilowatt hours (per month) and we’ve seen that go down to about 550 kilowatt hours for an average and I believe that is consumer awareness of more energy efficient products that are lowering their consumption,” he said.

At the ReGroup booth Deric Marcorelle, retired now from Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation was teaching the next generation about recycling.

“The borough is recycling everything they can; plastics, paper, aluminum and tin cans and glass. Some of it is used on site and some gets shipped out. It is not a profitable business at this time but we try to break even. ReGroup is an education group that does public education for the borough creating new programs to get the public to increase their recycling. As we talk with people we find folks have misconceptions saying they don’t recycle because the borough just puts it all in the landfill anyway, but that is not true. Everything that is collected for recycling does get shipped out of state and does get recycled,” said Marcorelle. ReGroup will have an electronics recycling day Saturday, Nov. 21, at the landfill.

“We’ll be taking anything that plugs in and it will all be recycled,” he said.

At the Spenard Builders Supply booth, Jeff Warton had a sampling of energy-saving products that he discussed in detail with visitors.

“Things you’ll find when you come into an SBS store like windows. The foam-filled, energy-efficient frames with triple-pane glass with coatings on them will help greatly reduce your energy bills. As far as energy pay pack probably the best thing you can do is attic insulation to improve your energy efficiency with the least investment and we’d be happy to calculate that for you at SBS,” said Warton.

The winners of the HEA Energy Efficiency & Conservation Student Contest for grades kindergarten through sixth were announced and received their awards at the Fair. Kids were asked to answer grade-level-specific prompts regarding efficient use of electric energy in the form of a coloring contest, poem, song or game.

Kindergarten and first grade Coloring Contest First Prize winner is Miles Tressler of Chapman School.

Second and third grade winner for the Acrostic Poem First Prize is Zayne Adams of Chapman School. The winner for the fourth, fifth and sixth grade Song Lyrics or Game First Prize is Leora McCaughey and Maggie Grenier of Nikiski North Star Elementary School, reported Tanya Lautaret HEA member services.

Students claim prizes in HEA's energy contest.

Students claim prizes in HEA’s energy contest.

HEA's Energy Fair offers money saving solutions

Students claim prizes in HEA’s energy contest.

Learning how to be energy smart at HEA Energy Fair.

Learning how to be energy smart at HEA Energy Fair.

More in News

Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander speaks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Kenai Municipal Airport on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. A kiosk that will offer educational programming and interpretive products about the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is coming to the airport. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsua Clarion)
Wildlife refuge kiosk coming to airport

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge stickers, T-shirts, magnets, travel stamps and enamel pins will be available.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
5 more COVID deaths reported

The total nationwide fatalities surpass population of Alaska.

Velda Geller fills goodie bags at the Kenai Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 for next weekend’s drive-through trick-or-treat event. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
‘This has been a lifesaver’

Seniors seek human connection as pandemic continues.

Kenai City Hall on Feb. 20, 2020, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
‘A very slippery slope that we need to be careful of’

Approval of library grant postponed after Kenai council requests to preview book purchases

This undated photo released by the Alaska State Department of Public Safety shows Robin Pelkey just before her 18th birthday. The remains of a woman known for 37 years only as Horseshoe Harriet, one of 17 victims of a notorious Alaska serial killer, have been identified through DNA profiling as Robin Pelkey, authorities said Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Alaska State Department of Public Safety via AP)
DNA match IDs serial killer’s victim after 37 years

Robin Pelkey was 19 and living on the streets of Anchorage when she was killed by Robert Hansen in the early 1980s, investigators said.

A moose is photographed in Kalifornsky, Alaska, in July 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Illegal moose harvest down from past 5 years

The large majority of moose this year were harvested from North and South Kasilof River areas.

Renee Behymer and Katelyn Behymer (right) of Anchorage win this week’s vaccine lottery college scholarship sweepstakes. (Photo provided)
Dillingham and Anchorage residents win 6th vaccine lottery

“Get it done,” one winner said. “Protect us all, protect our elders and our grandchildren.”

Most Read