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CHPC Participates in AECP's 7th Annual Green Living and Energy Expo

Roanoke, Virginia—Incorporating everyday energy saving techniques to your home or work just got easier with the Seventh Annual Green Living and Energy Expo held Dec. 1 through 2 at the Roanoke Civic Center. Held annually by the Association of Energy Conservation Professionals (AECP), the expo not only addresses why energy conservation is important, but also how everyday individuals can do it.

This year's event was a huge success, with almost 1500 attendees and 50 exhibitors, including Community Housing Partners (CHPC) Energy Services team and Community Design Studio. Exhibits, demonstrations and workshops showcased energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building and sustainable living. Some of the simple techniques attendees walked away with are the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs over typical incandescent bulbs and where to buy Energy Star rated home appliances.
 
Colin Arnold AIA, Architect for Community Design Studio, educated attendees on the use of sustainable design in the construction of multi-family housing. Arnold spoke specifically about the use of EarthCraft House™, a green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.
 
The event was sponsored groups such as the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Appalachian Power, Community Energy Conservation Program, Community Housing Partners, and Virginia Tech.
 
Billy Weitzenfeld, Executive Director of AECP, said, “People have the power to make better decisions and smarter choices in their home, business and lifestyle that will save money, save energy, save on our natural resources and help to preserve our environment. The Green Living and Energy Expo is an opportunity for professionals, homeowners, consumers and students to be inspired, informed and enabled about important issues that can change their lives and the lives of others.”
 
AECP is a non-profit energy education and advocacy organization that believes a better-educated general population is the solution to a more secure, independent, clean, and healthy energy future.