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  • Main Street First hosts Energy Fair

  • Main Street First sponsored an Energy Fair at Benton Hall Academy on Saturday afternoon.



    Presenters at the fair gave the latest information on energy savings that are cost effective and lead to the reduction of heating costs within one’s home. Presenters included representatives from Little Falls Lumber, Suntric, Standard Insulating Co., and Preserve our Past.

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  • Main Street First sponsored an Energy Fair at Benton Hall Academy on Saturday afternoon.
    Presenters at the fair gave the latest information on energy savings that are cost effective and lead to the reduction of heating costs within one’s home. Presenters included representatives from Little Falls Lumber, Suntric, Standard Insulating Co., and Preserve our Past.
    About 35 people were in attendance for the fair. Energy fair coordinator, Darrryl Harrington said he has been planing the fair since last November.
    “I was really expecting about 100 people, maybe even 200. I feel like the event, with great presenters, is a lost opportunity.” Harrington said he spent at least 70 hours of his own personal time and over $100 to get everyone together and assembled for the energy fair. “The event is free and open to the public, and on a Saturday, a day when people aren’t too busy. Maybe my honesty will help someone else’s program in the future,” added Harrington.
    Standard Insulating Co. representative, Jeff Reese explained what his company does to save homeowners money.
    “The first thing we have to do is find out how much air is leaking in or out of the house,” Reese said.
    This is done by an Energy Audit in which everything is sealed of and a fan blows air to measure how tight or how loosely the house holds the air. Reese also mentioned that the Energy Audit is free. The company finds the proper way to insulate a house by also doing through checks by going all through a house and checking air efficacy with several tools. CO2 Audit test can also be done as well. Reese added other ways to save on energy is by using Energy Star Products.
    “These products reduce energy bills as well as carbon footprints. There are also various rebates and tax incentive programs through NYSERDA, which help home owners pay for insulation costs based on their income,” said Reese. “Our company promises to save you money by making a difference in your house that is more efficient energy.”
    Little Falls Lumber representative, Steve Ligas presented the windows that are offered. “We have a full line of windows and doors that are relatively inexpensive that will improve energy and efficiency.” Ligas stated Little Falls Lumber has windows that range from basic vinyl, wood, and even windows specifically designed and treated for historic homes. “It’s okay to do a few windows at a time, but the more energy efficient windows there are in a home, the more money will be saved.”
    Preserve Our Past represented Nan Ressue, explained the organization and it’s impact on the community. Preserve our Past is a not-for-profit organization open to all citizens interested in preserving the architecturally significant buildings within the city of Little Falls. If a building is more than 50 years old it is considered to be historic.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Preserve our Past was formed in the spring of 2004 when the future of Titus Sheared home at the northeast corner of Burke Park was a threat to demolition. Unfortunately, the house could not be saved but, it brought together people to start this project who care about preserving historic architecture,” Ressue said. “The primary goal of Preserve our Past is to achieve the public’s awareness and appreciation of Little Falls historic sites.”
    Representatives from Suntric, who install solar panels also gave a demonstration on how the panels work.
    After the Energy Fair presentations, community members were welcomed to meet with representatives to discuss individual energy home saving possibilities.
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