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December 7, 2013

Energy Expo 2013 Sponsored by:

WVU Parkersburg Public Relations/ Journalism Department & Wood County Commission

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Let Us Introduce Pickering Associates was established in 1988 in Parkersburg, West Virginia and provides project development, project management, architecture and engineering services in the industrial, institutional, and commercial industry sectors. The company is based on over 70 years of construction experience in the constantly evolving building environment. As the Mid-Ohio Valley’s premier full-service Architecture and Engineering firm, Pickering Associates provides a number of disciplines to make sure your project is not only unique but also innovative, sustainable, polished and affordable. Pickering Associates disciplines include architecture, electrical, mechanical, process, civil and structural engineering, as well as controls & automation. Our strength is in our project delivery ability, incorporating your expectations with the project scope, budget, schedule, and the expectations of the construction contractors.

From a humble start more than 55 years ago, State Electric Supply Company has evolved into one of the nation's largest and best-known electrical distributors, one with more than 700 employees at 40 branch locations in five states. The company was born in Huntington, WV in 1952 when Art Weisberg loaded his pickup truck with light bulbs, extension cords and fuses and then hit the road selling to grocery and hardware stores that were so numerous back then. Weisberg built State Electric around the idea that providing the customer with just a product was not enough. "Beyond quality products and competitive prices," he says, "the thing that would separate our company from others was service. We believe that making an effort to provide customers with what they need, when they need it, will keep them happy and coming back." Happy customers have been coming back to State Electric for over 55 years and during that time the company has steadily expanded, growing from one location in Huntington to today's network of locations in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina, and servicing an even larger region. Simonton Windows produces ENERGY STAR qualified replacement and new construction windows and doors, including a line of impact-resistant products. Founded in 1946, Simonton’s hallmark has been to deliver its made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and security business of Fortune Brands, Inc. Simonton delivers award-winning products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit www.simonton.com. Energy Efficient West Virginia is a group of concerned West Virginia residents, businesses and organizations who have come together to promote energy efficiency among residential, commercial, and industrial customers in our state. In response to a 43% rate increase proposed by Appalachian Power Company in 2009, they created an organization to promote stronger energy efficiency policies that would help protect residents from future rate increases and drive a market for energy efficiency services. Given our old and inefficient housing stock and historic lack of investment in energy efficiency, there is huge potential for investing in energy efficiency and demand response programs that will help residents and businesses save money on their bills. They are active in advocating for energy efficiency at the Public Service Commission, the legislature, and through work with local organizations and municipal governments.

The WVU Parkersburg Chronicle is a college news publication which is written and designed by students of the Journalism/ Public Relations department at WVU Parkersburg. Production of the Chronicle is supervised by Coordinator of the WVU Parkersburg Journalism/ Public Relations Department, Torie Jackson.

Representing North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies, America's Natural Gas Alliance will work with industry, government and customer stakeholders to ensure continued availability and to promote increased use of our natural gas resources for a cleaner and more secure energy future.

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You to Our Exhibitors

Pickering Energy Solutions is a West Virginia organization established to launch and encourage renewable energy generation and use within the Mid-Ohio Valley. Established in 2012, they install and service photovoltaic power and other renewable energy systems for local residential and commercial building owners through direct sales or through a Power Purchase Agreement or Power Leasing arrangement. They use electrical energy in a variety of ways in their life without thinking about the source or environmental cost of this energy. In the area most of the power is produced by burning fossil fuels, primarily coal, in power plants. The combustion of fossil fuels for energy production is attributed to global warming and a host of other environmental and social problems. Thus energy use creates pollution and environmental degradation–it is just not always noticeable to community members because it is not in their backyard. Renewable energy technologies have matured to the point where they can reasonably be incorporated into our environment with little impact on us while allowing us to live in a more environmentally friendly manner. Solar photovoltaic panels, which can be easily incorporated into a variety of building environments, often without visual impact, will produce over 6 times the amount of energy that it takes to make the panel over its 25 year life cycle. Aside from having a significant impact on the environment (by avoiding the combustion of fossil fuels), with proper governmental incentives they are also a good financial investment.

Grogg’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. founded in 1970 by Leon B. Grogg exists to serve their customers well and to constantly find ways to create new customers. Their goal is to exceed the customers’ expectations EVERY TIME by providing the highest quality products and services available. They treat the customers’ home with the same care and respect as if it were their own. They strive to be on time and perform quality work at a fair price. They strive to always treat their customers with dignity and respect. They are constantly looking for ways to improve and welcome change if it causes them to be able to better accomplish their mission in Parkersburg, Clarksburg and surrounding areas. http://www.groggsheating.com.

Community Resources, Inc. (CRI) was organized as a private, non-profit 501(c) 3 agency in 1986. It is the sole Community Action Agency for the eleven county area known as West Central West Virginia. CRI serves low to moderate income individuals and families in those eleven counties by promoting the spirit of communities through leadership, education, resources and opportunities that empower families to become self-sufficient, thus creating a community where everyone is a part of the solution. In the 2010 calendar year, CRI provided services to over 4,800 families touching the lives of over 11,000 individuals with emergency needs, home weatherization, education and employment assistance, heating and utility assistance, home acquisition and home repair loans. CRI also offers a free income tax preparation service which has completed a sixth full year of successful outcomes. CRI has housed the Weatherization program for the past 16 years and has realized top honors in the state for performance and job completions. CRI has seen a marked increase not only in applications made by recipients, but in more actual job completions and much more interest in the program from community officials and developers. As we are able to provide more assistance to more families, home values increase, energy costs decrease, communities become strengthened and individuals become more self-sufficient. The increase in this program has also allowed CRI to provide local employment opportunities for weatherization crew members.

Morris Home Appliance stocks the area's largest line of major appliances. Whether you are looking for a new dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, washer/dryer, stove or cook top Morris Home Appliance should be your first and only stop. They are the only dealer with a service and parts department in the area and we service what we sell! Morris has a wide variety of energy efficient products which look great and can help you save money on your utility bills.

Bright Ideas Energy Project wishes to extend our gratitude to all of our exhibitors, speakers, and performers for making this event successful.

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Schedule of Events 10:00am - 11:30am - Demonstrations by WVU Parkersburg Energy Management students

Guests will learn:

How to install an installation blanket on a water heater to save money on water bills.

How to build an insulating cover for recessed lighting to save money on heating bills. How to weatherize doors and windows to stop cold drafts.

How to manage solar heat gain by using window treatments to gain heat in the winter and block

heat in the summer

11:30am - 12:00pm - Hamilton Singers

12:00pm - 12:30pm - Guest Speaker Chip Pickering of Pickering Energy Solutions 1:00pm - 1:30pm Smoot Boys Ensenble

Other Activities Include: WIN A FREE IPAD! Kids' craft table Complete the Energy

-Firefly Jar Craft Kit

-"Save our planet" key ring craft kit -Colored magic scratch bookmarks

Quiz on the Bright Ideas Energy Expo Facebook page! All participants will be entered in a drawing -

two people will be drawn

to win a free mini iPad!

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The Hamilton Singers

Smoot Boys Ensemble The Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble was organized in September of 2011, by Artistic Director, Felice Jorgeson. The primary purpose of the ensembleistoprovideaqualitymusical experience for boys during the challenging adolescent years when they’re dealing with the voice change. The members of our Ensemble come from Washington County, Ohio as well as here in Wood County.

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They represent a variety of elementary, middle schools, and home educated programs. Membership in the Smoot Boys Ensemble is determined by auditions held each spring. Rehearsals are held one evening a week at the Historic Smoot Theatre. This group, along with the Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, is offered free of charge as a service to the youth in our com-

The Hamilton Singers is a group of 7th & 8th grade students from Hamilton Middle School who meet once a week during Club Time. They are also a part of the 7th & 8th Grade Choir which rehearses daily, but they have a greater interest in performing and singing and use this additional time to increase their skills. They perform at all of our choir concerts and at various community events as well. The group is directed by Mrs.

Marsha Lindenmuth, who has been the Choir and Music Teacher at Hamilton for 15 years. The students in the group include: Avery Beha, Julia Bland, Chasidy Church, Lakyn Edwards, Danielle Folwell, Tyee Gibson, Daniel Ha, Emma Hershman, Larne Hoffmann, Chase Mayo, Olivia Ramsay, Dylan Richards, Brenee Riddle, Kate Salmans, Hailey Smarr, Alyssia Starcher, Josiah Stephens, Racie Westfall, Maria Wharton, Emily Williamson, Abby Wooten.

munity. The Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble is under the direction of Mrs. Janet Blessing. Mrs. Blessing received her Master of Arts Degree in music from Marshall University. She retired from the Wood County School System in 2007, where she served many years as choir director of the award winning Jackson Junior High School Choir in Vienna.

The Hamilton Singers perform at the Parkersburg City Park

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PHS Solar Energy Club

Pictured (l to r) are Torie Jackson, Allison Hilber, Jason Ross, Susan Moore, Rachel Terzo, Jess Thompson, and Jeremy Harrison.

Bright Ideas Team Overcomes Challenges

by Allison Hilber The WVU Parkersburg Public Relations Campaign Management class is not a conventional class. This class is not taught by reading from a text book, writing papers, taking exams or listening to a lecture. This class is a service learning class, meaning that hands-on work in the field of study is performed by the students, to benefit the community around them, without being paid. Energy efficiency is the area of focus of the campaign management class for the fall 2013 semester. The class of eight students included: Joy Alderman, Jeremy Harrison, Allison Hilber, Kristiana Hunt, Susan Moore, Jason Ross, Rachel Terzo and Jessica Thompson, and led by advisor Torie Jackson. Bright Ideas Energy Expo is the name the class came up with for the event that is being put on at the end of the semester, with

the theme, “Is your home sick?” The expo includes exhibitors who can display what their business can do to help homeowners with energy efficiency, promotional material, information to the public on energy efficiency, entertainment, food and a venue. To help promote awareness the class also created a website, www.brightideasenergyproject. org, and a Facebook page, Bright Ideas Energy Expo, with information on how to help make homes become more energy efficient, as well as promote the expo. With no funding, the class had to obtain all the money used for the expo through sponsorship. This included phone calls, going to businesses, e-mails and going before the Wood County Commission to pitch a promo for the event and ask for their assistance with already allocated funds for energy education. Finding energy efficient busi-

nesses, who would be exhibitors at the expo, advertising through newspaper and radio, and funding became a challenge at times, but students pursued every option to create a successful expo. The students also designed and developed promotional kits which included items that goes along with the “Is your home sick?” theme. A myriad of things were learned by the students this semester, including how much work goes into putting together and promoting an event such as this, but one of the most valuable things learned was how to move forward from a rejection, and regroup to create a successful project. Each student in the public relations class learned different things from their experiences in making the Bright Ideas Energy Expo happen, but without service learning it would not have been possible.

A new club at Parkersburg High School is growing through education and awareness of renewable energy. Senior J. Conor McCoy started the Parkersburg High School Solar Energy Club after attending the American Legion Mountaineer Boys State in the summer of 2012. A requirement after taking an online class offered by Clemson University asked McCoy to develop a service learning plan, which sparked his idea for creating the PHS Solar Energy Club. McCoy’s draft proposal for the club outlines the objectives, which include: to develop a learning curriculum, meeting schedule and establish membership, engage the community and the school in fund raising for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and to obtain and assist in the installation of an actual PV system at PHS. Once the solar panel system is installed, the club will be in charge of the maintenance, as well as the monitoring of the system to make sure it is functioning at full capacity. McCoy is not only the project planner of the club, but also

the president. “I will serve as the club’s initial president and will serve for one year,” stated McCoy. He will also prepare another potential leader for the club, after he graduates to keep it active. McCoy mentioned that one of the most important aspects of the club’s existence will be learning how to execute fundraising for the school’s solar system if and when it is built. “Even if a solar PV system is not built right away, or at all, it gives the club a specific and special goal.” Although one of the main goals of the PHS Solar Energy Club is to have a solar system installed, the club also is focused on raising awareness of our area’s potential for renewable energy sources such as wind, biomass, and solar. “We are transitioning from fossil-based energy sources to renewable based energy sources with natural gas as a transition source,” McCoy stated. McCoy hopes in the future solar panels become cheaper and can be installed on more buildings in the area, including schools and churches.

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Pickering Associates Departments:

Dr. Charles ‘Chip’ Pickering

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PhD, PE, LEED - Chief Executive Officer

• Project Management

• Structural Engineering

• Automation and Controls

Since founding Pickering Associates in 1988, Chip • Architecture • Mechanical Engineering • Construction Administration has been actively involved in building and guiding the firm’s • Civil Engineering • Electrical Engineering • Process Engineering direction and growth. He has managed electrical and multidisciplined projects for many of the firms located in the MidOhio Valley. Pickering Associates is a well-aligned team of professional architects and engineers Chip has a number of interests, including sustainable with a diverse depth and breadth of knowledge. The strength of the firm rests in our highly qualified personnel. And it is through our personnel that we have gained a reputation for design and construction, solar energy, project management and the delivery of a superior service evidenced by an extremely high rate of repeat business. teaching as a way of passing on the knowledge and caring that Our industry-focused professionals in the fields of project management, architecture, civil, others have shown to him in the past. structural, mechanical, electrical and process Chip holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics, an M.S. in engineering, automation and controls and Engineering Management, a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership, construction administration create solutions for is a LEED AP for Building Design and Construction, and today’s complex facility and infrastructure challenges. holds Professional Engineer licensures in several states. He Successfully executing more than is currently active at Pickering Associates working on special 10,000 projects in its history, the firm has projects and providing organizational leadership.

People, Service, Results

built a tremendous wealth of experience gaining insight into what works for each of our client types. Those lessons learned add substance to our work and provide our clients with unparalleled value. Our objective is to partner with our clients improving their performance, flexibility, life-cycle cost, sustainability and ultimately well-being. Established in 1988, Pickering Associates was founded as an engineering firm that has developed into an integrated architecture and engineering company providing services to education, government, healthcare, industrial, oil & gas and private sector clients.

Pickering Associates was contracted by Mondo Building and Excavating on behalf of Washington Electric Cooperative to architect and engineer a new 30,000 SF LEED certified office and warehouse building. The Project Basic Task List was Architectural Design, Site Design, Structural Design, MEP Design, and Construction Administration/Onsite Representation. The Disciplines involved were Architecture, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Project Management, and Construction Administration. Highlights of the successes created by the professionals at Pickering Associates include:

Water Efficiency – saving the amount of water to do 650 loads of laundry every year. Workplace Quality of Life – 90% of the occupants have a direct line of site to the outdoors. Energy Efficiency – 22% reduction in energy consumption versus code requirements.

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American families waste more than $13 billion dollars worth of energy annually. This amounts to approximatley $150 per family. • Energy expended for the heating and cooling of homes accounts for 50%-70% of all energy usage. • A crack as small as 1/16 of an inch lets in the same amount of air as if the window was actually OPEN 3 inches. • Simple repairs , such as installing weather stripping around doors and windows saves 10%25% on energy wasted for heating and cooling. • Inspection of furnace and ductwork (and repair) can save you 15%-35% on heating and cooling costs. • Improved insulation can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling annually. • Using fans during the summer months can save 7%-10% on cooling costs. ** Facts from AEP and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Saving Energy Saves Money

by Kristiana Hunt Energy efficiency awareness can offer a variety of benefits to not only homeowners but the environment as well. Many homeowners would be surprised by the little things in their home that contribute to the price of their utility bills and how simple it is to fix them. Some of these problems can be identified and solved by hiring a contractor to perform an energy audit on your home. The contractor can perform a variety of tests and inspections on the home to identify what areas need improvement. One of the first things someone can do to make their home more energy efficient is install new or additional insulation in areas that need it such as attics or ceilings. In addition, weather stripping will ensure that windows and doors are sealed properly. Weather stripping partnered with the insulation can prevent drafts and air leaks. Thus, in the winter or summer, the warm and cold air will stay trapped in the home. The elimination of air leaks can also decrease the cost of one’s utility bills as the systems will not need to be run so often. Becoming energy efficient can also involve replacing older appliances with newer models that are Energy Star certified. This includes washers, dryers, kitchen appliances, or furnaces. For example, low-flow shower heads and toilets are Energy Star certified as they save a lot of water. An on-demand water heater only fires when hot water is needed, and once it quickly heats up, it quits burning fuel. Upgrading to models that are Energy Star certified will save money as well as conserve energy. Furnaces are one appliance that can be altered in a variety of simple ways to become more energy efficient instead of buying a completely new system. Changing the air filters makes it easier for air to circulate. Therefore, the furnace does not have to work as hard. Another solution to reducing how much the furnace works

is providing it with seal ducts. Additionally, installing a programmable thermostat prevents the furnace from running while the home is not being occupied. Then, the homeowner can set the furnace to kick on shortly before anyone is expected home and the house will be warm upon arrival. Closing vents in unused rooms also cuts back the use of the heating and cooling systems. The less the systems have to run, the less the home owner has to pay. The next step a homeowner can take to become more energy efficient is switching from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. Though fluorescent bulbs cost more to purchase, they save the homeowner money in the long run. Fluorescent bulbs last up to 12 times longer than incan-

descent bulbs. Solar panels can also be a wise investment both financially and environmentally. In this area especially, our homes run off of power produced in power plants by burning fossil fuels. By switching to solar panels, our homes create its own power, therefore eliminating the need for power from power plants and reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. Financially, this system also reduces electric bills because home owners are not required to pay the power company for use of their power. Aside from the previously mentioned options, a multitude of other ideas are available for homeowners to become energy efficient. Planting a tree for shade

in the summer or taking a second out of the day to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances are simple steps one can make to promote energy efficiency. Finally, homeowners should take advantage of the tax incentives that come with being energy efficient. They could get up to $1,500 back for their home improvements. Not only are homeowners saving money on utility bills, but they are earning money through tax incentives just for being energy efficient. The options available for homeowners to become energy efficient make it possible for everyone to participate. It provides benefits for the environment as well as personal benefits for the homeowner. It is a win-win situation to be energy efficient.

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The Energy Programs at WVU Parkersburg consist of the Solar Energy Technology program, the Energy Assessment and Management Technology program and the Automated Systems Technology program with a specialization in Energy Management and Building Controls (beginning Fall 2014). The Solar Energy Technology program teaches students design and installation skills for both solar photoelectric systems and solar thermal (domestic hot water) systems. The Energy Assessment and Management Technology program teaches residential energy auditing and weatherization skills. The Automated Systems Technology program, with a specialization in Energy Management and Building Controls, will begin accepting students in Fall 2014. It will teach students highly technical skills such as computer networking, computer programming, commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning skills, and is intended to provide training for entry level positions in Commercial Energy Management and Commercial and Institutional Facilities Management. A student demostrates how to utilize an on-demand water heater.

The mission statement of the Environmental Action Group is “to promote awareness of environmental issues such as conservation and preservation, with a focus on educating the college community.� Professor Bill Douglas and a group of students who wished to inform people about environmental issues first started EAG in 2003. Once Douglas retired, Jane King took over as the advisor for EAG. After King, the group remained inactive for a few years until more students began showing interest in reactivating the organization. This August, EAG was taken over by Professor Rebecca Phillips and is now an active group with 27 students currently signed up. Student leaders of EAG include President Kodi Sells, Vice President Trina Cottrill, Secretary Michelle Hoff and Treasurer Logan Mace. Candace Vandenbroeke is also very involved with the group. The EAG has put together several events this semester. On Oct. 31 the club had a joint meeting with the psychology club in room 1317 with professors Phil and Denise McClung speaking about PSYCH 410, WVU Parkersburg's unique Applied Environmental Psychology course. The Environmental Action Group has also had special guest speakers such as Kelly Bragg of the West Virginia Division of Energy who discussed alternative fuels and ways of transportation. Also Hans Straight instructional specialist and program coordinator of WVU Parkersburg's diversified agriculture program has spoke about food agriculture issues. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of EAG, or anyone who has any concerns or information they would like to share about environmental issues, may contact Rebecca Phillips at rebecca. phillips@wvup.edu. Phillips is also available in her office, room 1306. Students can also find more information about EAG on their Facebook page, WVU Parkersburg Environmental Action Group. Students are encouraged to like the page to receive news or upcoming events involving EAG.

The WVU Parkersburg Environmental Action Group works to promote awareness of environmental issues such as conservation and preservation, with a focus on educating the college community. Anyone can become a member.

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Bright Ideas Energy Expo Program  

Special edition of The Chronicle @ WVU Parkersburg highlighting exhibitors that will be a part of the Bright Ideas Energy Expo. It also inc...

Bright Ideas Energy Expo Program  

Special edition of The Chronicle @ WVU Parkersburg highlighting exhibitors that will be a part of the Bright Ideas Energy Expo. It also inc...