The Concord Light Plant is hosting an open house on Oct. 1 to celebrate Public Power Week.
In the near future, incandescent light bulbs will be gone from hardware store shelves, and more LED compact fluorescent bulbs will be available. Did you know that when comparing incandescent and LED bulbs that 60 watts is equal to approximately 800 lumens?
A rundown on the difference between the outgoing, old fashioned bulbs, and all of the LED options you’ll see in stores — and lamps — in the future, is just one of the programs that will be available at the Concord Light Plant’s open house on Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The open house at the Light Plant, 1175 Elm Street, is the kickoff event to this year’s National Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8.
This week, Engineering and Operations Manager Christopher Roy, Energy Conservation Coordinator Jan Acetti, and Customer Service Administrator Carole Hilton took some time to show off some of the displays and demonstrations that will be available to the community on Saturday.
Here are some of the cool events taking place during the open house:
- Learn where your electricity comes from.
According to Acetti, much of Concord’s power comes from natural gas-fired, and nuclear generators. Another portion of the town’s power however, comes from hydroelectric generators at Niagara Falls and in the Androscoggin River in Maine, as well as from a methane-fired generator at a landfill in Granby.
- See what it’s like to be a lineman.
Crawl into a manhole used in training exercises and see what the underground electrical infrastructure looks like, or see how high you can climb a utility pole. The bravest visitors can take a ride in a bucket at the end of the 50-foot extension arm of a utility truck.
- Learn about measures you can take in your own home to conserve energy.
Energy New England will be on hand to discuss home energy audits and demonstrate weather stripping and outlet insulation. Hilton said there will also be information regarding the Light Plant’s financial incentives for Energy Star rated appliances, and rebates for residences and businesses that install solar photovoltaic panels.
- See electrical generation in action.
A photovoltaic panel, identical to those atop the Willard School, will be on display and hooked up to lights to show the way the rays of the sun can be converted into usable electricity. See if you can pedal a stationary bike fast enough to power a light.
- And don’t forget the food!
Enjoy barbecue from Firefly’s of Marlborough, and cider doughnuts from Verrill Farm.