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Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011 12:45 pm

Peg Bogacz moved from Chicago to Surprise last year and decided the Valley of the Sun would be the perfect place to have an energy-efficient home.

Bogacz has been shopping for solar panels for her house. She found some examples Saturday at the “Be Green & Be Healthy” fair in Surprise Stadium.

More than two dozen vendors showcased the latest green products and technologies at the fair, including natural hair and pet care products, home builders and household items.

In conjunction with the fair, E-Waste Harvesters set up across the street at Dreamcatcher Park for a collection event, where residents dropped off computers, monitors, electronics and telephones for recycling.

“I found some great things and will keep it in my mind,” said Bogacz. “Most importantly, I’m going to go solar and being in Arizona is the perfect place to do it.”

Kay Isola, a Surprise resident, walked around the stadium with a bag and received information from a number of vendors.

One of Isola’s stops included a taste test of some organic wheat grass.

“This fair is so helpful and I appreciate it all,” she said. “Being green just doesn’t mean conserving energy and water, but it’s about food and your health too.”

Isola hopes to use some of the products she learned about at the fair.

John Smith, a “Green Plumber” who owns Big John the Toilet Guy, discussed and showcased the latest plumbing products to visitors at the fair.

Among the items he displayed was a new high-efficiency toilet that only uses a 1.8 gallons of water to flush, rather than the 2.5 or more gallons used on a regular commode.

Smith sold several of the toilets during the event and raffled off one of them for free at the end of the fair.

“I do one of these types of fairs at least once a week,” said Smith. “Even though we’re all trying to push our products, we all believe in the importance of being green. It’s just a matter of opening people’s eyes and really trying to educate them.”

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