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Get ‘energized’ about efficiency at the State Fair: Visit the Minnesota Commerce Department’s Home Energy Exhibit

8/21/2017 2:38:20 PM

Interactive displays feature electric vehicles, smart homes, LEDs, energy efficiency & renewable energy

Everyone uses energy every day in many different ways. Energy costs money, so it can literally pay off – in both money and a cleaner environment – when people use energy more efficiently and rely more on renewable resources like solar power.

For Minnesotans interested in making smart energy-saving home improvements, the Home Energy Exhibit at this year’s Minnesota State Fair offers a wide variety of options to explore.

The exhibit, coordinated by the Minnesota Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources, is located in the Eco Experience building at Cosgrove Street and Randall Avenue on the northeast side of the fairgrounds.

In addition to /commerce/consumers/your-home/energy-info/home-energy-guide/index.jspfree copies of the ever-popular Home Energy Guide, this year’s Home Energy Exhibit includes these special features:

Solar Power Your Electric Vehicle

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in Minnesota, and the next step in green transportation is to power your EV with solar energy. 

The Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle will help answer your EV questions and show how rooftop solar panels can charge an EV right at home. A Chrysler Pacifica minivan plug-in hybrid will be displayed along with a Chevy Bolt.

Smart Home

What does a smart home look like? Sample smart home products like the Nest Thermostat, Phillips Hue lightbulb, Wemo Insight Smart Plug, and Google Home will be displayed to show how consumers can control their home environment.

Best Buy is the main exhibitor and will showcase devices that offer convenience, safety, comfort and energy savings, like a smart thermostat that you can adjust from your cellphone. 

The New World of LED Lighting

How we light our world has been transformed by a wide range of highly-efficient, long-lasting LED lighting options. The display will show the many LED choices available to meet any home lighting need. 

The Clean Energy Resource Teams is the primary exhibitor and will provide free updated Right Light Guides to fairgoers.

Home Energy Efficiency: Where to Start

This display is devoted to helping consumers make the best choices for their home through an advanced energy assessment that identifies what you can do to improve the efficiency of your home with improvements like air sealing and insulation, water conservation and innovative construction materials. 

Energy specialists from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, CenterPoint Energy, Center for Energy and Environment and the Minnesota Building Performance Association will answer your efficiency questions.

Renewable Energy

Solar specialists will be on hand to help you understand your solar power options – whether a rooftop solar array, a community solar project or green power purchasing. 

Make sure you take a look at the Minnesota Solar App, a convenient online mapping tool that will be set up on a large touchscreen so you can pinpoint your property and get an instant analysis of whether it might be suitable for a solar energy system. 

The State Fair’s Eco Experience is one the largest environmental events of its kind in the country. Last year’s Eco Experience drew about 250,000 visitors. More information is available on the Eco Experience website.

Commerce is here to help

If you have a question about energy, contact the Commerce Department’s Energy Information Center by email at or by phone at 800-657-3710.


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