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Visit the Home Energy exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair

The Home Energy exhibit at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair has been warmly received by fairgoers over the first several days of the Fair. The exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds, includes educational displays to demonstrate many ways homeowners can improve the efficiency, comfort, safety, and sustainability of their homes.

From basic energy assessments and energy conservation measures to exploring clean energy projects, the Home Energy exhibit offers engaging displays for kids and adults alike.

Renewable energy is 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 includes four new displays:

  • A Solar Electricity display that demonstrates the benefits of generating solar energy for electricity and how solar photovoltaic panels provide electricity to your house. 
  • Solar Water Heating display that highlights the benefits of solar energy to heat water in a home and how the sun heats water, sending it to a storage tank and then into the house.
  • Solar Air Heating display that shows the benefits of solar energy as a supplemental heat source and how the panels collect air heated by the sun and distribute it into the house. 
  • Solar Clothesline Dryer that features articles of clothing (tee-shirts, socks, pants, etc.) air drying outdoors (and saving energy), with printed facts about solar power. 

The wind energy area is a partnership with Windustry and showcases two new displays:

  • Frequently Asked Wind Questions display that gives fairgoers a glimpse into the world of wind power, with FAQs covering information about commercial and small wind power in Minnesota.
  • Wind Fan display that provides a chance to see and feel the power of wind in Minnesota. A map shows where the best wind resources are in Minnesota and how wind turbines can capture energy to generate electricity. 

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 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.

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. The Fair ends on Labor Day, Sept. 2.