Ellsworth Energy Expo
October 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., area residents are invited to stop by the Ellsworth Energy Expo for information about lowering energy costs, winter preparedness and switching to local, clean and affordable energy sources.
Organized by Green Ellsworth’s Energy Action Team, the Expo will take place at Knowlton Park at 160 State St. in Ellsworth, with a rain location of the Moore Community Center at 125 State St. in Ellsworth.
“Though fall has just arrived, it’s important to plan ahead for winter and the high energy costs that we have very little control over and must adapt to,” said state Sen. Nicole Grohoski (D-Hancock County), a member of the Energy Action Team and co-organizer of the event. “Fortunately, there are many great local and statewide organizations who can help us better prepare, and they will be available at the Expo to share information and answer questions. I hope you will drop by!”
Participating organizations include Efficiency Maine, Downeast Community Partners, Window Dressers, Natural Resources Council of Maine and A Climate to Thrive.
Efficiency Maine is an independent administrator of programs in Maine to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will have a representative at the Expo to talk about available rebates, financing and technical resources, as well as their network of independent installers. They will have information on heat pumps, insulation, electric vehicles, heat pump water heaters and other energy efficiency upgrades.
Downeast Community Partners is an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact of poverty in Downeast communities by delivering services and programs that treat community members with dignity and compassion and offer them the possibility of achieving their goals. DCP has multiple programs that help people pay their rent and utility bills, access and pay for heating services during the winter, as well as provide home repairs and weatherization services. They also provide heating system repair and replacement.
Representatives from their agency will be present to provide information and guidance about heating improvement, weatherization, the heating and energy assistance program and other services.
WindowDressers is a volunteer nonprofit group that helps homeowners save money on heat by making insulating window inserts, which work like an indoor storm window. Customers can join a local workshop to assemble their own custom-measured inserts and pay for their materials with financial assistance available for low-income households.
Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is a nonprofit membership organization protecting, restoring and conserving Maine’s environment, and whose staff include experts in climate and clean energy solutions. NRCM will be on hand to share info about Maine’s clean energy transition and results from their recent survey of every electric vehicle owner in Maine, which received a record-breaking 1,230 individual responses from all 16 counties.
A Climate to Thrive seeks to achieve energy independence for Mount Desert Island by 2030. Decentralized, local, renewable energy solutions will reduce pollution, create new businesses, generate year-round jobs that pay a living wage, and bring the community together around the shared goal of preserving our environment. The organization will share information at the event about their model of having residents, businesses and towns working together to achieve energy independence through citizen engagement, sustainability and economic vitality.
For more information, contact Grohoski at [email protected] or 358-8333.