By Ann Payne
The evening before Chatham’s Fall term began, a fan, toaster, lamp, coffee maker and clothing iron made the drive out to Eden Hall Campus. Their role was an important one: to show workshop attendees of Harness the Sun: Solar Home Projects and Energy Saving Tips, how much energy they each use in doing the tasks they were made for. These familiar objects serve us each week, but the amount of electrons flowing through their wires remain invisible until the monthly electric bill arrives. There is another, celestial way to power up your home for less in the long run: the Sun.
The solar workshop centered around how to distinguish if homeowners are ready for solar panel installation, how it works, and policies in Pennsylvania that support solar technologies on homes. Dr. Mary Whitney, Sustainability Coordinator at Chatham, and Burns & Scalo sales professional Phil Long worked together to make a presentation that highlighted important things to consider about solar home energy, as well as taking note of small energy “zappers” around your home that use up more electricity than you might think. Before the presentation began, visitors received a tour of campus.
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