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ENERGY EFFICIENCY CAN PAY OFF IN VARIOUS WAYS

The V.I. Energy Office wants to get the word out to individuals, institutions and the building trades about the incentives for instituting operations, acquiring appliances and installing technology that is energy efficient.
– In the area of operations, the office has awarded grants of $25,000 to Sts. Peter and Paul School and of $50,000 to St. Croix Country Day School and the University of the Virgin Islands for retrofits that increase energy efficiency.
All schools and hospitals in the territory are eligible to apply for grant funds to implement energy-efficient measures in their plant operations. The grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
– To let the public know what's available in the way of energy-saving appliances and technology, the Energy Office will host "rebate fairs" this Saturday, Oct. 16, at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas and a week later, on Oct. 23, at the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St. Croix. Both events run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At each fair, local suppliers will exhibit and in some cases demonstrate their wares that entitle purchasers to federally funded energy-efficienty rebates. The winner of a raffle at each fair will receive an energy-efficient product.
– The Energy Office will conduct two-day thermal energy workshops on the utilization of solar water heaters in the coming week. On St. Croix, sessions will be held at Gertrude's Restaurant on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 18-19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On St.Thomas, the presentation will take place at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage Hotel on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22, also from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There's a $30 workshop registration fee.
For further information about any of the Energy Office programs, call 772-2616.

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