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Boost your energy IQ, visit State Fair’s ‘Improve Your Home’ energy exhibit


Is my home suitable for solar energy? Where does Minnesota get its energy? How can I make my home energy efficient and save on utility bills?

You can get answers to these and many more energy questions by visiting the “Improve Your Home” energy exhibit at this year’s Minnesota State Fair, beginning Aug. 21 and ending Sept. 1. The exhibit will provide homeowners, renters, and builders with many ideas to improve the energy-related operation of their homes and boost energy IQs by megawatts.

“Improve Your Home” is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds. From basic home energy assessments and energy conservation measures to exploring clean energy options, the exhibit will provide engaging displays for kids and adults alike. For instance, fairgoers will be able to enter their address and identify the solar potential of their home or business, thanks to the Minnesota Solar Suitability App developed by the University of Minnesota. In addition, a “New Home Exhibit” created by the University of Minnesota will focus on high-performance energy-saving features.

Energy exhibit displays will include:

  • Energy Info. Demonstrates the many sources and uses of energy for Minnesota buildings.
  • Home Assessments. Encourages homeowners to learn more about their home’s operation through a home energy audit, with interactive displays on infrared cameras, home air leakage models, and ice dam solutions.
  • Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation. Features high-efficiency equipment that homeowners should consider when replacing outdated furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, etc.
  • Efficient Lighting. Highlights 32 different LED and CFL bulbs that fairgoers can sample to compare brightness, color temperature, and efficiency.
  • New Laundry Options. Displays efficient laundry appliances, including new top-loading high-efficiency washers.
  • Energy Fit Homes. Features “Energy Fit Homes,” a new program to help homeowners make smart energy improvement choices and earn an “Energy Fit Homes Certificate.”

    The State Fair Eco Experience is one of the largest environmental events of its kind in the country and is managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. More information is available on this year’s Eco Experience.


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Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce - Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at energy.info@state.mn.us or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.