WMS to host Earth Day celebration

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WYANDOTTE – A celebration April 22 is designed to help reward residents for eco-friendly habits while helping them save more energy.

An Earth Day celebration, hosted by the city of Wyandotte and Wyandotte Municipal Services, is planned for that day at WMS’s Customer Assistance Center, on the first floor of its new headquarters at 3200 Biddle Ave.

“We’ve always had it in our minds to do something and we’ve done little things in the past, but this time the timing was right,” WMS Energy Systems Program Manager Pamela Tierney said.

The day-long event is to include free LED and CFL light bulb giveaways, free home energy audits to help homeowners find ways to cut down their energy bills, and vouchers to cover the $15 cost of recycling old dehumidifiers or window air conditioning units at the city’s Department of Public Services Dumping Facility, 4201 13th St. Crafts and other children’s activities will also be included.

Tierney said the goal of the event is to get people to make smarter choices with their energy consumption.

“People are always saying ‘You’re an electric utility, why do you want people to use less energy?’” she said. “But people are adding cell phones and TVs, all sorts of electrical devices. I don’t think energy use goes down, but we’re trying to get out there that we need to use energy smarter.”

April 24 and 25, the celebration continues with a visit from a traveling mobile energy lab and conservation unit, which will be parked outside of the American Legion, 2817 Van Alstyne. The unit contains hands-on displays showcasing energy efficiency and renewable energy in use.

Area schools will visit the lab along with the children of city employees, there for Bring Your Child to Work Day April 25.

“They can have a learning experience here with their parents, and then they can also tour the van that has all the energy stuff in it,” Tierney said.

The lab will be open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. April 24 and 9 to 11 a.m. April 25.