TUPPER LAKE - With all the information available on alternative energy systems, it's sometimes hard to know what works and what doesn't. The Wild Center hopes to address those concerns as they present Jim Juczak on "Alternative Power sources for Your Home: Wind, Solar, and Wood" on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. in the Flammer Theatre.
Juczak will describe how wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and wood heaters work and how they can be installed in your community or on your own home. As the cost of non-renewable energy rises, using locally produced, renewable energy systems will become much more important. This program will attempt to demystify and simplify viewers' understanding of these important sources of power.
A resident of Adams Center, NY, Juczak has been a middle school and high school shop teacher for 26 years, with a strong focus on teaching his students practical skills. In 1997 he and his wife, Krista, founded Woodhenge, an off-grid, mortgage-free intentional community. Their property is intended as a living museum for alternative energy, alternative structures and alternative food production systems serving as a working example in sustainability for local communities. They grow and preserve more than half of their food using traditional methods.
Juczak is on a leave of absence from his public school job in order to write, lecture and farm. His book, "The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging" will be published in the Spring of 2009. He was featured by the Science Channel's Invention Nation program on building wind turbines from scratch.
For more information and directions, please visit www.wildcenter.org or call 359-7800. The program is free for members or with paid admission.