Residents learn about energy at fourth annual Fremont County Energy Fair

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

When she moved to the area from Missouri, she discovered she needed to learn about the energy in this area.

Jennifer Vittetoe was one of numerous residents who attended the fourth annual Fremont County Energy Fair, sponsored by Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, Sonny’s Ace Home Center, Black Hills Energy and Atmos Energy.

“(We’re looking for) energy savings,” said Vittetoe. “The swamp cooler is new to us so we’re trying to get some ideas to keep the energy (bills) low. We wanted to learn about installation. The kids came out to enter the coloring contest.”

In the meantime, Barbara Earl joked she had attended the fair for the hot dogs, but said she loves the store and her husband came for cement.

Russell Jewett said he also liked the fair.

“We have solar panels in our house,” he said. “We’re really equipped, (but) we’re always looking for new (ideas).”

This is the first time for Kayla Martin and her mother, Kathie Martin, to attend the fair.

“I think it’s really smart to do,” Kayla said. “We need to save on energy. It’s so expensive these days. Just talking to people at the energy fair helps us out.”

But it was more than that. She said her son, Damian, “loves the food” and they also donated some money to Loaves Fishes.

“(I came) for the solar information,” Kathie said. “We stopped at UAACOG. I’m interested for my kids to help them out with the housing program.”

LaVonne Starck said she learned a lot.

“It’s worthwhile,” she said. “You learn a lot of tips. This is what our community is doing.”

She said she wanted to see what’s new.

“The laws change on some of these (things),” Starck said. “It’s always good to catch up on what they know.”

Vendor JoElyn Newcomb, of AC Solar, said solar energy would help with the rising costs of energy.

“If you don’t do anything, you’re going to spend $42,000 in the next 20 years,” she said. “If you do something, you’re going to be saving money.”

Organizers said they had a great turnout for the fair.

“It’s going very well,” said Laura Yost, of UAACOG. “We had a much better turnout this year. We’re very excited about it.”

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