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January 21, 2011 at 3:08am
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Patti Bogan, 762-4736

Chugach kicks off Smart Power campaign with open house

Members urged to take Smart Power Pledge

Energy efficiency tools and displays will be featured at an open house to promote Smart Power, an energy-efficiency and conservation program. The open house will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26, in the Chugach Member Services Lobby, 5601 Electron Drive.

The first 200 Chugach members to take the Smart Power or ENERGY STAR pledge will receive a free Smart Strip. The Smart Strip is a surge protector that allows some appliances to be kept on, while others switch off when not in use. By signing either pledge, members commit to taking steps to make their homes more energy efficient.

The open house will feature an ENERGY STAR home display that highlights simple energy efficient steps to save energy and money in different rooms of a typical home. The ENERGY STAR display will also be at Home Depot, 515 E. Tudor Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29.

The Jan. 26 open house will include Watt Buster equipment that members can borrow. Watt Busters are building energy monitors and appliance meters. There will also be demonstrations of Home Energy Analysis, an online tool that allows Chugach residential members to conduct a detailed inventory of electric usage.

Chugach became an ENERGY STAR utility partner in 2010. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Only two other utilities in Alaska have the ENERGY STAR designation.

Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power for Alaskans throughout the Railbelt through retail, wholesale and economy energy sales.