For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN – Whether discovering money-saving energy tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s Home Energy exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair promises to raise the energy IQ of visitors by about 100 megawatts.
The exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds, will include educational displays to demonstrate many ways homeowners can improve the efficiency, comfort, safety, and sustainability of their homes. Visitors will be able to view all sides of one’s home—inside and out—to gain energy-saving ideas. From basic energy assessments and energy conservation measures to exploring clean energy projects, the Home Energy exhibit will provide engaging displays for kids and adults alike.
“The Home Energy exhibit will help visitors discover cost-effective, environmentally sound solutions to making one’s home more energy efficient,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Consumers will get help with energy projects, and how to plan and pay for them.”
For the second straight year, the Home Energy exhibit is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources in collaboration with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The 6,000 square-foot exhibit is a partnership of state agencies, utilities, retailers, neighborhood energy groups, nonprofits, trade organizations, finance agencies, and more. The group has the shared goal of educating the public about effective approaches to energy improvement.
Renewable energy takes center stage
Renewable energy will be prominently featured, with several displays dedicated to solar and wind energy. The solar energy area is a partnership with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and will include four new displays:
The wind energy area is a partnership with Windustry and will showcase at least two new displays:
A look at home energy from several views
Visitors will be able to view vignettes of an existing home, including “interior room” areas and “yard” areas that highlight specific energy topics.
A few of those topic areas include:
The Home Energy exhibit is part of the State Fair’s Eco Experience, the largest environmental event of its kind in the country with more than 25,000 square feet of interactive experiences. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency manages the Eco Experience. More information is available on this year’s Eco Experience. A Minnesota State Fair App serves as a complete guide to the Minnesota State Fair.