HOULTON, Maine — Many Mainers these days are looking for alternative sources of energy to heat and power everything from their homes and businesses to their swimming pools.
The Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce wants to capitalize on that interest this weekend as the organization prepares for its annual Southern Aroostook Trade Show.
The show runs Saturday and Sunday at the Millar Civic Center.
“This is the largest show we have had in recent years,” Lori Weston, executive director of the Chamber, said Wednesday. “The theme this year is ‘alternative energy,’ and we are going to have representatives on hand to talk about wind and solar power, along with outdoor wood boilers, pellet stoves and geothermal energy.”
Visitors to the show also will have an opportunity to attend roundtable discussions with people who use windmills or other heat and power sources at their homes or businesses.
Together with the booths and discussions, this year’s show features an expanded camper line-up and booths showcasing household and outdoor goods, as well as door prizes and raffles.
“We really do have something for everyone at the show,” Weston said. “We are full, so that means we have a host of things to attract people. It should be a great show.”
The show will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 at the door.
Schedule of Talks at the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce Trade Show, Miller Civic Center:
Saturday, April 3
10 a.m. Acadia AirSource heat pumps: David Harbison, Harbison Plumbing.
11 a.m. Potential for alternative pellets in Aroostook County: Andrew Plant, UM Cooperative Extension.
Noon: Personal wind mills and their uses, roundtable discussion: Donald Woods, Jerry Dickison, Blaine Lincoln.
1 p.m. Wind turbines for local landowners on developing their own wind farms: Skip Babineau, St. John Aroostook Resource Conservation and Development Office.
2 p.m. Public’s responsibility to consider alternative energy systems for personal and business use, roundtable discussion: solar, geothermal, wind, alternative fuels.
3 p.m. Residential windmills: Blaine Lincoln.
4 p.m. Passive solar homes: Kathy Hoppe and Linda Trickey.
5 p.m. Pellet burners-central heating systems: David Harbison, Harbison Plumbing and Heating.
Sunday, April 4
11 a.m. Freestanding pellet stoves and fireplace inserts: Mike Harris, Aroostook Milling
Noon: Vinyl and clad windows and how energy efficiency tax credits can put money back in your pocket: Scott Dionne, S.W. Collins Co.
1 p.m. Geothermal heating and cooling, Heidi Watson, David Harbison and Donald Woods.
2 p.m. Doors and windows —energy efficient saves: Pat Crowley, PDQ Doors & Windows.
3 p.m. Bison Pumps: David Harbison, Harbison Plumbing and Heating.