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

From right, Soldotna City Council members Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings, Dan Nelson and Jordan Chilson listen to testimony during a council meeting on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Council to mull limits on use of Soldotna ADUs as short-term rentals

Accessory dwelling units refer to subordinate, detached units

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Wildlife Troopers and CES rescue hunter missing for 12 hours

State troopers were notified around 6 p.m. Wednesday that the hunter hadn’t returned

The Alaska State Capitol awaits a legislators forming new majority coalitions and the return of Gov. Mike Dunleavy after the winners of the general election were announced Wednesday. The Senate will have a 17-member bipartisan ruling coalition, while the House arrangement remains uncertain due to at least one likely recount and questions about partisan alignments. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Bipartisan majority formed for new state Senate

Eight Republicans join nine Democrats after many years of Republican rule

Dr. Michael Reyes manipulates ROSA during a demonstration at Central Peninsula Hospital on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Knee surgeries get assist from robot arms

Robotic Surgical Assistant, called ROSA, is a new addition to CPH and the first in Alaska

During a hearing at the Juneau Courthouse, 34-year-old Anthony Michael Migliaccio pleaded not guilty after he was arrested on a first-degree murder charge in the killing of a 55-year-old Juneau woman. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Man arrested in Juneau killing pleads not guilty

News follows a two-month investigation.

Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank presents during a budget work session on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai tries again to fill city manager position

After 1st round of negotiations fall through, Kenai to pursue Eubank for role

Soldotna Montessori Charter School kindergartners parade with balloons around the school playground on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Balloons on parade

Montessori kids put spin on traditional Macy’s parade

Most Read