Message to expo visitors: Going green is affordable

Montrose residents and exhibitors discuss energy-saving initiatives Friday during the second annual Generating Possibilities: Smart Energy Living in Western Colorado at the Montrose Pavilion. The event continues today.


MONTROSE — Save energy to save money was the message delivered through demonstrations and education Friday at the Generating Possibilities: Smart Energy Living in Western Colorado energy expo at the Montrose Pavilion.

The event, which concludes today, is geared to motivate people to save money on utility bills, increase energy efficiency at home, and connect with local energy experts and local businesses.

Friday’s keynote discussion and workshops focused on commercial energy savings that business owners could use to lower costs.

Today, the event is more geared toward homeowners who want to utilize natural power sources such as wind and solar, or upgrade home insulation, light fixtures and windows.

Event organizers say the energy-saving practices are tailored to life on the Western Slope and they want people to become aware that “going green” can be affordable.

“We’re using local vendors, local solar installers, local insulation installers for people who want to consult local experts in the energy field,” said Abbie Brewer, an event organizer.

Programs scheduled for today are designed to educate homeowners who may feel intimidated or unaware about alternative energy and how certain systems can reduce costs.


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