Energy discussion opened to the public

Purpose of hearing to show Alaskans simple, low-cost methods to reduce energy costs

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Senate committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday to hear from the public about low-cost ways to save energy and money.

"Simple techniques can pay big dividends when it comes to energy efficiency," said Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, who co-chairs the Resources Committee.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol's Butrovich Room. People can testify in person at Room 205 or by teleconference. They also may watch the proceedings on Gavel-to-Gavel.

The hearing will be chaired by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, co-chair of the committee.

The public is invited to submit questions for energy experts from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation on energy-saving strategies. Questions can be sent to and should be received by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

"I urge people to tune in to Gavel-to-Gavel, or if you're in Juneau, to come to the Capitol Wednesday morning to get some valuable information about how to reduce home energy costs," Wielechowski said.

"All over Alaska, people are struggling with extremely high energy costs, and at this meeting we hope to provide them with some good ideas to help save money."

The purpose of the hearing is to show Alaskans simple, low-cost methods to reduce energy costs at home and at work. Presenting these strategies to the committee will be Cary Bolling with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation's from energy program.

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