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LPEA free information series continues with Energy Efficiency 101

In the face of rising energy costs, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) continues its commitment to help its membership “Save Your Energy” with a free information series workshop: Energy Efficiency 101.

The workshop is set for Tuesday, July 26, 9-11 a.m. at LPEA’s Durango office, 45 Stewart St. (Bodo Park).

“There are a great many simple, low-cost things that people can do to help make their homes and lifestyles more energy efficient,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services, who will lead the workshop. “Some of our members have employed energy efficiency measures, and they’re doing a great job, but there are also many who don’t know where to begin. This workshop is designed for them. We want to help.”

Though LPEA is yet to learn the final dollar amount of the pending rate increase, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the cooperative’s primary supplier of electricity, has indicated that the cost to purchase electricity will be going up in 2012 — perhaps dramatically — due to increased costs related to the production of electricity. For consumers, the best first line of defense to combat these rate hikes is energy efficiency.

During the LPEA workshop, in addition to the simple energy efficient efforts and an estimate of kilowatt hours saved with each, preliminary information on more extensive projects will be provided. Representatives from Home Depot and Kroeger’s Ace Hardware have been invited to offer suggestions and ideas to “get started” on the larger energy efficiency projects. LPEA members attending will also receive a complimentary energy efficient CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulb.

“Electricity is vital to everyone’s daily life,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “As a rural electric cooperative we exist to provide electricity to our membership at the lowest reasonable cost, but in today’s energy environment that might not be enough for our members. So, the more we can assist with energy efficiency to help them save electricity and dollars, the better.”

Reservations for Energy Efficiency 101 are not required, but are requested as refreshments will be served. To learn more, or to R.S.V.P., contact Sue Maxwell, smaxwell@lpea.coop or 382-7170.

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