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Workshop has tips for energy-efficient home

By Mayra Urteaga
Staff Writer

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Are you a homeowner interested in making your home energy efficient?

The Go Green Assistance Center is offering a workshop this week called "Energy Star Homes Workshop."

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Ricardo Gonzalez, program director of the Go-Green Assistance Center, stands in front of energy-efficient home models in the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center.

Ricardo Gonzalez, program director of the Go Green Assistance Center, explained what the workshop will cover.

"The workshop is going to talk about what is an Energy Star home," Gonzalez said, "how to qualify as an Energy Star home, what a HERS rater does and what the Energy Star certification process is when you are building a new home, retrofitting an existing home, making it energy efficient."

Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to the free workshop, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday in Suite E-104 of the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center, located at 301 Mexico Blvd.

Guest speaker Garrett Dorsey works for IFC International, a consulting firm that provides green solutions for businesses all over the world, according to the firm’s Web site.

Gonzalez invites everyone interested in reducing the carbon footprint of their home to attend.

"I recommend this workshop because it’s good for someone who wants to save energy in their home," he said, "how to do it, and what’s the process. … It gives you good insight of the changes that are going to be happening in the green building industry from now on."

The center plans to offer more workshops on such topics as water conservation, green building, energy awareness and saving energy, as well as the use of alternative energy sources such as biofuels, solar and wind energy.


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