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Let’s Talk About Energy, Part 1: Energy in Your Mid-Coast Home

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

The Camden Public Library and Camden Energy Committee announce a new online series aimed at helping fuel-dependent Mainers explore their energy options, lower their energy costs, and find out what they can do to help combat climate change. The monthly series kicks off on Thursday, March 4, at 6:00 pm with a panel presentation featuring local energy experts who will discuss what can be done within homes. The audience will hear from Brian Robinson, Vice President of Evergreen Home Performance; Dana Fischer, Area Manager for Mitsubishi heat pumps; Brandon Mazur, solar design expert at ReVison Energy; and Sarah Holland, architect (Holland and Foley) focusing on sustainable housing. Email jpierce@librarycamden.org to register and obtain a Zoom link to attend.

“More than two-thirds of Maine households use costly fuel oil to heat their homes—more than any other state,” says Nancy Harmon Jenkins of the Camden Energy Committee. “And some people may not realize that fuel oil for home heating is a major cause of environmental pollution.” Jenkins explains that the creation of this series was prompted by the Maine Climate Council’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. The report recommends more efficient Maine homes and more residents switching from oil and gas to electricity.

The March 4 presentation will focus on energy use in homes and will cover such topics as: LED bulbs, sealing windows, electric vehicle charging, heat pumps, solar installation, and the latest on the solar front—community solar. Speakers will focus on programs available to Camden residents, but everyone is welcome to attend and gain from the universally applicable information. Upcoming talks in this series will explore energy use in businesses and by municipalities. Programs will run through early June.

Brandon Mazur is an employee-owner of ReVision Energy and has worked as a residential solar design specialist for the last four years. He greatly enjoys meeting and working with the good people throughout Maine towards realizing their solar and heat pump potentials (both for heating and hot water) and showing the compelling savings that are possible with embracing a renewable energy future. Before joining ReVision Energy, Mazur was an organic farmer for eight years, a plumber, a carpenter, and a father of two wonderful kids.

Brian Robinson, a Partner and Vice President of Evergreen Home Performance, is nationally credentialed as a Building Analyst (BPI) and a licensed Maine Energy Auditor (MSHA) annually transforming over 325 of Maine’s “oldest in the nation” housing stock into safer, more comfortable, more valuable, and sustainable homes. Evergreen is Maine’s leading home performance contractor typically eliminating 25-50% of each home’s energy demand and eliminating an additional 1.25 million pounds of carbon pollution each year! He is a proponent of reducing energy / carbon demand first then focusing on green supply to help move all Maine homes to an affordable post carbon future.

Sarah Holland is a registered architect and partner in Holland and Foley Architecture in Northport, Maine. Throughout her thirty year career she has focused on sustainable design and energy efficient building.

Dana Fischer is the Mitsubishi Electric Area Manager for ME & NH supporting the network of heat pump installers and distributors across both states. Prior to this role, Dana worked at Efficiency Maine for seven years helping establish and operate the framework for rebates and financing for residential energy improvements including weatherization, conventional heating systems and heat pumps. Among his more formal appearances in Camden was a Select Board meeting to advocate for passage of the PACE ordinance around 2011.

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Camden, ME 04843 United States