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Bristol Area Lions Club Learns Tips on Energy Efficiency 03/10/2011

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The Bristol Area Lions Club recently welcomed energy efficiency expert Paul Kando to its meeting on March 7. One of the founders of the Midcoast Green Collaborative, Mr. Kando is a chemical engineer and authority on energy research, even helping to design a solar heating system for the White House. Now a certified residential energy auditor, Kando also works on policy development to promote conversion to a renewable energy-based economy.

In his presentation, Paul Kando emphasized the extent to which the current family budget is eaten up by energy costs, and it is only getting more severe. Continually rising fuel prices and inefficiently insulated homes make for a dire situation, but homeowners can take simple steps to achieve what Kando calls a passive house system and thereby to realize considerable cost savings.

Based on energy and engineering research in Europe, a properly fitted passive house can reduce energy expense by up to 90 percent. As a first step, Kando recommends a home energy audit to determine sources of air leakage and to make specific recommendations. The average Maine house loses 35% of its heat in air leaks alone. Energy efficiency in the home

can be accomplished gradually, Kando adds, from extra insulation to window inserts and from sealing off extraneous air leaks to installing a heat exchanger to circulate warmth efficiently. Many of these ideas, Kando mentioned, will be presented at the Earth Week Energy Fair taking place in late April at Round Top Farm.

The Bristol Area Lions Club meets next on Monday, March 21, when Mary Trescott of Youth Promise will give a presentation on its many programs to support the well being of youth and their families. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, or to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, please call 677-2095.

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