DUXBURY — The state’s largest energy fair will be held at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury on April 6.
The fair is free to the public and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s put on by Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership, or LEAP. This will be the 14th year of the fair, which has grown to 600 to 700 visitors each year.
There will be 75 energy-related exhibits where residents can talk to experts on topics such as solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, energy audits, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles and more. There will also be breakout sessions for those interested in solar, green financing and incentives, weatherization and other topics.
Gov. Phil Scott is expected to attend, though the exact time has yet to be determined.
Duncan McDougall, chairman of Waterbury LEAP, said Tuesday the fair has become the largest in the state because it’s free. There will be free ice cream for attendees and free electronics recycling from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McDougall said the fair offers so many exhibitors on so many topics.
“The reason people come is to learn how to save money and how to save energy,” he said. “People really can have all their questions answered and they know how to proceed.”
McDougall said if someone were interested in solar energy, they could talk to 10 different vendors to find the one that’s right for them.
Coming off of a particularly cold winter, Vermonters have had high heating bills, and they want to bring those costs down, McDougall said. One way is to use heat pumps which have gained popularity lately, are energy efficient and can also function as air conditioning in the summer.
“Solar is still extremely popular,” he said. “A lot of people in Vermont are going solar and saving money that way.”
McDougall said weatherization is also becoming a stronger focus in the state, where homes are modified to reduce energy consumption.
For those who think they can’t afford to make their homes more energy efficient, McDougall pointed to the breakout session focusing on financing and incentives. He said weatherization is often one of the best investments a homeowner can make, and there are programs to help with the costs.
“It will save you money year after year after year, for decades, if you can tighten up your home,” he said.
The event is family friendly, with activities for children including a performance by Marko the Magician at 11 a.m. Attendees will also be able to buy food and drinks from local vendors.