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Posted on: April 25, 2012

KANSASWORKS to sponsor free home energy efficiency classes

KANSASWORKS and the Kansas Utility Alliance will host a statewide series of classes over the next several weeks to provide information about energy efficient residential construction and retrofit and the growing career opportunities within the field. This class is ideal for local contractors and individuals interested in following this career path.

The classes will feature Doug Rye, an architect, nationally recognized energy consultant and popular radio host, who counsels his listeners in best practices for home energy conservation. Rye will discuss a variety of topics, including renewable energy, new home construction principals, whole-house energy efficiency and energy efficiency myths.

“This is a great training opportunity for those interested in green construction, home energy conservation and energy efficient retrofit,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “Residential contractors continue to look for more and more energy efficient ways to build homes, and the career opportunities in this sector continue to grow.”

The classes are free, and lunch will be provided. Each class is eligible for three continuing education unit credits. All classes will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Class dates and locations are:

• May 1, Hays, Whiskey Creek restaurant, 3203 Vine St.
• May 2, Colby, Room 108, Colby Community College Student Union, 1255 Range.
• May 3, Great Bend, Perkins restaurant, 2920 10th Street (this class was originally scheduled for Garden City.)
• May 15, Salina, Room 203 ABC, Bicentennial Center, 800 The Midway
• May 16, Manhattan, Hilton Garden Inn, 410 S. 3rd St.
• May 17, Topeka, Westar Training Center, 801 N.E. Highway 24
• June 19, Pittsburg, Lamplighter Inn, 4020 Parkview Drive
• June 20, Wichita, Wichita Area Builders Association, 730 N. Main St.
• June 21, Overland Park, Matt Ross Community Building, 8101 Marty St.

The Kansas Utility Alliance includes Midwest Energy Inc., Westar Energy and KCP&L. Other sponsors include Colby Public Utilities and the Garden City Public Works Department.

To register for classes in Colby, Great Bend and Hays contact Midwest Energy at (785) 625-1474, kunruh@mwenergy.com. For the remaining classes, contact Westar Energy at (888) 967-5750, efficiencyworks@westarenergy.com.

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