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City to host energy waste reduction open house and workshops

If you’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy waste in your lives, the city may have just the program for you.

A reduce energy waste open house will take place at the Ernie Radbourne Pavilion in Muskoseepi Park between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 20 and will cover a number of topics, including ways to reduce energy bills and energy efficient technology for the home.

Environmental Outreach Specialist Jessica Foley says it’ll be more than just a chat about ways you can change your habits.

“We’re going to be giving out energy efficient items so that when they leave they’ll actually they’ll have the ability to see those savings right away. So they’re not just leaving with information, they’re actually leaving with something that’s going to help them and see those benefits.”

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Foley says whether it’s big-ticket projects like new windows or solar panel installations, or just small steps towards a more energy efficient lifestyle, the discussions don’t have to end when the workshops are complete.

“Just talking to your friends and family about it, seeing everything that is happening on social media and just taking bits away from that and seeing what you can apply in your everyday life. Whether it’s small changes or big changes, it’s all impactful in the end.”

Two separate workshops will also be available for residents. The workshop for young families goes June 17 from 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. at Montrose Cultural Centre in the Rotary Community Room. The mature families workshop takes place June 18 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the loft room at Jeffrey’s Coffee.

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