Luther to host solar heating workshop March 29

According to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, heating bills for U.S. households using propane, heating oil, natural gas and electricity are expected to rise significantly in relation to last winter.

In response, Luther College will host a workshop on solar air heating units and how these simple and inexpensive devices may dramatically decrease gas bills.

The workshop, held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, in Storre Theater on the Luther campus, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

James Dontje, director of the Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation at Gustavus Adolphus College, will conduct the workshop.

During an informative, do-it-yourself type presentation, Dontje will discuss the technical and economic benefits of solar air heaters and give instructions on how to construct one with readily available materials. He will also lead an open discussion and field questions on topics such as how to use a solar air heater or where to find a ready-built one.

This workshop is open to the public with no charge for admission.  Register for the workshop at: http://www.luther.edu/sustainability/solarheatworkshop/.