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Symposium aims to help businesses

Local business looking to become more energy efficient should think about attending the third annual saveONenergy Technology Symposium to be held in Kitchener next week.

With industry experts and product specialists across the Waterloo Region gathering at the event there will be a lot to do, including browsing through more than 60 local vendors offering energy efficient products and services to help improve businesses.

The vendors will represent a wide range of energy efficient equipment and services for businesses of all sizes while helping to inform visitors about lighting, motors, HVAC, air compressors and more.

The event will examine ways local businesses can save energy, reduce demand and manage their electricity load. The conference will also offer discussions on innovative success stories and workshops on energy management solutions.

“The focus is on educating our business customers on technology and ways to save energy. There will be sessions during the day to introduce customers to technology out in the market place that can help them save energy,” said Jeff Quint, manager of conservation and energy management at Waterloo North Hydro (WNH).

Throughout the day there will be educational workshops offered where experts will showcase opportunities to help businesses save.

“The workshops explain how to use the different tools and equipment more efficiently in a business setting,” said Lauren McGirr of WNH.

The learning sessions start at 9:30 a.m. with LED Lighting by David Rycroft of Sonepar Canada, and will be followed by Efficiency with Drives by Simon Oosterhof of VFD Solutions, Compressed Air Systems by Chris Styles of Applied Pneumatics, Energy Audits by Scott Martin of Efficiency Engineering and Energy Audits by Scott Martin of Efficiency Engineering.

“The concurrent learning sessions have been expanded this year and more focused on key technology and key areas that customers have asked for. We understand that we needed to expand the educational component and we have fine tuned the vendors that are active in the market place that have technology that are very effective and met the market needs of our customer segment in the region,” said Quint.

New to the lineup this year will be a keynote speaker: Sybil Taylor from Steam Whistle Brewing will talk about how they operate as a green organization from an operational stand point and have become more energy efficient.

“Businesses need to look beyond their four walls and look at their operations whether it is a compressed air system or a manufacturing or production system they need to operate more efficiently,” said Quint. “Businesses can gain a competitive advantage and take control of their energy costs and embrace savings and build business. Companies sometimes feel that they will lose business but they need to learn that they can become more efficient and gain followers as society moves towards a more sustainable lifestyle.”

The symposium will be held on September 27 at Bingemans in Kitchener. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. The event is free to attend. For more information visit www.saveonenergysymposium.ca.

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