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No food on a stick for sale, but lots of energy-saving ideas to satisfy you at this State Fair venue

8/15/2016 1:47:54 PM

A Minnesota State Fair venue that doesn't offer any food on a stick, but does feature plenty of money-saving energy ideas to satisfy you?

That would be the Minnesota Commerce Department's Home Energy Exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds. 

Whether discovering energy-saving tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s Home Energy Exhibit features educational displays to help fairgoers improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and safety of their homes.

Just starting the process to make your home more energy efficient? 

Then check out the “Home Energy Savings” display, where utilities and nonprofit energy groups will showcase one of their Home Energy Squad vans. They will demonstrate key energy-saving measures, such as weather-stripping doors and installing low-flow faucets. A “Home Performance” display will highlight air-sealing and insulation, two of the most effective ways to improve home energy efficiency. You can also learn about Zero Net Energy Homes, which produce as much energy as they consume.

Do you want to get your electricity from the sun? 

Solar specialists will be on hand to explain how you can get your power from solar, whether from your own rooftop solar system, community solar, or green power purchasing. The Minnesota Solar App, an innovative geomapping tool, will be set up on a large screen so you pinpoint your property and literally see how suitable it is for a solar energy system.

A few other highlights include the latest ENERGY STAR® appliances and lighting, a Live Wind Map, features of sustainable homes, and Climate Connections Bingo.

The Home Energy Exhibit is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources, in collaboration with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Exhibit partners include Minnesota utilities, energy businesses, nonprofits, and other state agencies.

The State Fair’s Eco Experience is one the largest environmental events of its kind in the country. Stop by Aug. 25-Sept. 5. Don’t miss it! 

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 or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.

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