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Energy Seminar:

What You Can Do To Cut Your Utility Bill


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2001


For more information contact:
          Paul Gipe, SC Kern-Kaweah Chapter 661 822 9150
          Cynthia Koval, SC Mineral King Group 559 635 2526


                        Visalia Seminar:
                       The Power Crisis &
            What You Can Do To Cut Your Utility Bill


The Sierra Club's Mineral King Group will sponsor a seminar on what
consumers can do to lower their utility bills on Wednesday, August 1, from
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Visalia Friends Meeting House, 17208 Ave. 296 in Visalia,
California. 

The Sierra Club will host Paul Gipe, a world-renowned authority on
renewable energy. Gipe will explain how customers of Pacific Gas & Electric
Co. can qualify for a little-known but lucrative subsidy to install solar
cells and small windmills to generate some of their own power. 

The seminar will emphasize how consumers can improve the efficiency of home
appliances and otherwise cut their consumption of electricity. Gipe will
discuss how consumers can save up 36 percent on their August electricity
bill by taking advantage of California's innovative 20/20 program.

Three vendors have agreed to participate in the program: North Fork's
Offline, and Sharpe Solar and Unlimited Energy from Bakersfield.

California's solar "buy-down" program offers substantial rebates to utility
customers who install solar cells or small wind turbines. The program pays
up to $4,500 per kilowatt or 50 percent of the installed cost, whichever is
less. Homeowners installing two kilowatts of solar cells, enough to cut the
average electric bill more than 50%, could receive $9,000 in rebates.

The Sierra Club is the nation's largest grass-roots environmental
organization. The Mineral King Group represents Sierra Club members in
Kings and Tulare counties. 

Paul Gipe was named a pioneer in renewable energy by the World Renewable
Energy Congress in 1998.

For local information contact Cynthia Koval at 559-635-2526, or Harold Wood
at 559-739-8527.

For more information on the content of the program, contact Paul Gipe at
661 325 9590, pgipe@igc.org.


For information on California's solar subsidy program visit
http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/buydown/index.html

For information on how you can cut your utility bill and take advantage of
California's summertime 20/20 rebate program visit
http://www.flexyourpower.ca.gov/rebates/

For information on the most efficient home appliances visit
http://www.aceee.org

Other sites with conservation tips.

http://www.homeenergysaver.lbl.gov
http://HomeImprovementTool.lbl.gov/
http://www.eren.doe.gov/consumerinfo/energy_savers/

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Paul Gipe 208 S. Green St., #5; Tehachapi CA 93561-1741 USA; ph: +661 822 9150; fax:
+661 822 8452; pgipe@igc.org. Wind Power for Home & Business (1993), Wind
Energy Comes of Age (1995), Wind Energy Basics (1999), and Energ’a E—lica
Pr‡ctica (noviembre, 2000).,






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