• LPEA Free Information Series continues with “Energy Efficiency 101”


    Workshops designed to offer “the basics” for saving energy and dollars

    In the face of rising energy costs, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) continues its commitment to help its membership “Save Your Energy” with twin Free Information Series workshops: Energy Efficiency 101.

    The workshops are set for Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Sission Library in Pagosa Springs and Thursday, May 24, 2012 at LPEA’s Durango office, 45 Stewart St. (Bodo Park). Both workshops are scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages will be available.

    Ron Ebenkamp, marketing coordinator with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, LPEA’s primary provider of electricity, will lead the sessions. Tri-State has a vested interest in helping consumers reduce their energy usage to ostensibly delay or avoid construction of additional electric generation facilities. As a non-profit cooperative owned by rural electric cooperatives including LPEA, Tri-State shares LPEA’s mission to help members save energy and dollars.

    “We are all consuming more electricity these days as we become more reliant on electronics and computers,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services who is working with Ebenkamp on the workshops. “To simply help maintain the status quo – both in consumption and costs – we all need to learn how to be more energy efficient. There are a great many simple, low-cost things that people can do. This workshop is designed to share ideas and give people a place to start. We do want to help.”

    During the LPEA workshop, in addition to the simple energy efficient efforts and an estimate of kilowatt hours saved with each, information on rebates for energy efficient investments and more extensive projects will be provided.

    “Electricity is vital to everyone’s daily life,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “As a rural electric cooperative we exist to distribute 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 requested. To learn more, or RSVP, contact Sue Maxwell, smaxwell@lpea.coop or 970.382.7170.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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