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June 15 Workshops in Ava to Address Energy Conservation & Solar Options

Investing in energy conservation is currently one of the best returns on your money. And taking advantage of the sun as an energy source can be a smart move for many homeowners, farmers and businesses.
Anyone wishing to learn more about these opportunities is invited to attend the Energy Conservation and Solar Energy Workshops, scheduled for Monday, June 15, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Ava Victory Academy, 1005 NW 12th Street, in Ava.
“The 2-hour morning workshop will teach how to spend as little as $100 to cut home energy bills by 25 percent or more, by targeting air leaks, insulation, water heaters, lighting, and more. The 2-hour afternoon workshop, with a tour following, will explain the benefits and costs of solar energy for the farm, home and small business, what components are necessary, and how to use rebates and incentives to help pay for these solar systems,” said Bob Schultheis, University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist based in Marshfield.
Cost of each workshop is $20 per person, or $30 for both workshops. Each household will receive one energy efficiency kit valued at almost $50, along with resource materials valued at over $25. These workshops are sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and are partially grant-funded to make them more affordable.
Pre-registration is required by Thursday, June 11.  To register, or to make special accommodations because of a disability, contact the Douglas County Extension Center, P.O. Box 668, Ava, MO 65608 at 417-683-4409, by email at, or mail the pre-registration form available online at
“By attending one or both of the workshops and implementing practices discussed, you can be guaranteed a tax-free, no-risk return on your investment.  The percent return will vary based on practices you adopt as a result of the workshops,” said Schultheis.