FORT RUCKER, Ala. (October 13, 2011) -- There are many different ways to save energy at Fort Rucker, according to Directorate of Public Works officials.

That's where the first-ever Fort Rucker Energy Expo comes in, said Tony King, DPW Engineering Division resource efficiency manager. Those who attend the event Oct. 20 at the Fort Rucker festival fields will find out a lot of useful information and learn about new items available to them that can save money in energy costs.

"It's about energy and resources," he said. "You can do all the right things with equipment, but if people don't know how to use that equipment right, then it can be less effective."

The event will also have several exhibitors who will display some new and widely-available technology that can help consumers save on energy costs, he added.

"We're going to have a Tesla Roadster and a Chevy Volt on display and demonstrated," he said. "Both of these cars are completely electric and have a great range and speed. Those are in addition to a wide variety of energy exhibits available throughout the event. We'll also have giveaways and prizes throughout the expo. There's going to be plenty of pretty neat eye-candy."

The people part of the Energy Expo is the key to success for the event. The expo will help show people how they can save at home and at work, said Buddy Coleman, Fort Rucker energy engineer.

"October is Energy Awareness Month, so we're putting on an energy expo to get people to think about energy," he said. "We'll be showing them energy efficient lighting, automobiles, how to save on resources like water and gas. It's really going to be a great source of information."

Some of the event vendors who will be demonstrating products and techniques for energy savings include Siemens, South Alabama Electric, Alabama Power, Mayer Electric, Bondy's Toyota and Sam Boswell Honda, King said.

"This is aimed at making people more aware," he said. "It's going to be a great day, and we hope people will come out and experience what we'll have to offer."

The event is free and open to the public. There will be food available for a cost, he added.

All exhibitors will also have free information packets to give away to the public, Coleman added.

Pam Smith, DPW utilities specialist, said that this is the first time anything like this expo has ever happened at Fort Rucker and she hopes it won't be last.

"We're hoping this will grow each year," she said. "Everybody's trying to save energy right now and this is going to give people a lot of good ideas on how to do that."

For more information on the expo, call 255-0494.