Oct 11: FREE Energy Efficiency Workshop

5436367067_78cd54b2eb_oSaturday Oct 11, 12–3PM

SDCC Office, 6008 Kingsbury Ave

Click here to register. (Not required but appreciated.)

Topics include

  • Solar Panels including an interactive hands-on “solar house”
  • Tools & Tips for Bike Commuting
  • How to Save Energy and Money on Utilities
  • Improving your Comfort at Home
  • Energy Audits
  • Furnace Maintenance
  • How to read and understand Ameren’s new monthly statement

We invite you to come for the topics that interest you. Get tips that are easy to put into practice at home. Each presenter will give a short, fast-paced talk and have time for Q&A, so bring your questions. See below for the full schedule.

All attendees will receive a FREE 4-pack of lightbulbs. We will give away attendance prizes throughout the workshop including:

  • a free furnace tune-up
  • a free home energy audit
  • Gift cards for your Ameren utility bill

We invite all homeowners and renters to attend! Invite your friends and neighbors. Food and beverages will be provided.



12:00noon: Richard Reilly, of the Sunflower+ Project and the EarthWays Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden, will talk about sustainability and energy conservation in the home, including how to improve the quality of your indoor environment while saving money an energy.  Follow Richard on Twitter.

LGas_green4C_PMS12:30pm: Judy Coverdell of Laclede Gas will talk about programs to reduce your heating costs including rebates for furnaces and insulation, and programs for low-income residents.

Ameren_MO_4c[1]1:00pm: Stephanie Robinson of Ameren will talk about budget billing; rebates for air conditioning, furnaces, and old refrigerators; and will explain how to read and understand Ameren’s new monthly statement, which shows your usage history and is designed to help you manage your energy use. Attendance Prize: Two $25 Ameren gift cards will be given away.


1:30pm: Molly Pearson of Trailnet’s TravelGreen program will talk about how to save energy and get exercise while commuting – even as the weather gets cooler. She will bring examples of handy equipment that makes your bike more useful including bags to carry groceries, lights, and different types of locks.

SmartHouse HPE Horizontal2:00pm: Marc Bluestone of SmartHouse Home Performance Experts will talk about how to make your home more energy efficient. Some are very simple and can be accomplished by any homeowner in just a few minutes, while other ideas are more involved. Regardless of your level of interest and commitment, you will walk away with a list of great ideas to improve your home. Attendance Prize:  A home energy audit (value $99) and a furnace tune-up (value $129) will be given away.

Tribal logo blue ear#5A1ADC (1)2:30pm: StraightUp Solar will talk about how solar electricity can save you money and protect our natural environment. Come learn about what it takes to install solar panels on your home, including current costs as well as guidelines for installing solar panels in a historic district such as ours. Their miniature, interactive “Solar House” will be on-site to give you hands-on experience with a solar panel system.


Videos of the workshop presentations are available here.

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Thank you to Ameren Missouri and Community Renewal & Development, Inc. for the lightbulbs; to SmartHouse Home Performance Experts for the furnace tune-up and energy audit; and to Ameren Missouri for the utility gift cards.

The funding of this project is financed partly through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the St. Louis Community Development Administration under the provision of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (Pub L, 93-383 42 USC 5301 et seq.)