For Immediate Release: Monday August 29, 2011
Fairgoers Can View Tools to Assess Home's Energy Performance
Energy experts from the Minnesota Department of Commerce will demonstrate blower doors, infrared cameras
ST. PAUL, MN - Some high-tech tools used to measure a home's performance will be on display at the Eco Experience during the Minnesota State Fair, August 25 to September 5.
Energy experts from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources will be at the Fair to describe the benefits of an advanced home energy audit and demonstrate some of the tools used in those audits. They will share how some energy-saving home improvements can significantly reduce energy use—by up to 30 percent for the average home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Experts are available upon request for media interviews.
"An advanced energy audit is essential for determining how your house is working right now," said Bill Grant, Commerce deputy commissioner who leads the Division of Energy Resources. "It identifies the home improvements needed to realize significant energy savings."
As an exhibitor in the "Green Crossing" display, Division of Energy Resources staff will demonstrate how several diagnostic tools used by home energy auditors help identify a home's energy weaknesses, and areas for needed improvement. Among those tools are a blower door and an infrared camera. Fairgoers will even be able to see live "heat images" of themselves on a widescreen monitor via the infrared camera. "This is fascinating technology," Grant said. "These informational demonstrations are something the whole family can enjoy."
Air leak sealing, added insulation, weather stripping, and simple maintenance and repair of furnaces and boilers are some of the most basic energy-saving home improvements.
Also part of the exhibit will be consumer-friendly tips on how to prevent roof ice dams and information about funding opportunities for home energy improvements. Knowledgeable staff from the Minnesota Building Performance Associations, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Fluke Infrared Cameras, and the Division of Energy Resources will be on hand to answer energy-related questions.
In its sixth year at the Minnesota State Fair, the Eco Experience is the largest environmental event of its kind in the country, providing a 25,000-square-foot interactive experience for fairgoers. Visit the Eco Experience website ( http://www.pca.state.mn.us/ecoexperience/index.html ) to learn more about the exhibit and see a calendar of daily events and presentations.