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Get 'Energized' at the State Fair

9/2/2015 10:14:43 AM

Whether discovering money-saving energy tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s “Home Energy Improvements” exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair (Aug. 27-Sept. 7) you’re sure to be "energized" by.

The exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the north end of the fairgrounds, includes educational displays to help fairgoers improve the efficiency, comfort, and safety of their homes.

Are you just starting the process to save energy and save on utility bills? Then stop by the “Home Assessments” display and learn how to get an advanced home energy assessment—the key first step to making energy improvements. Staff from the Minnesota Building Performance Association (MBPA) will demonstrate an infrared camera—a key energy assessment tool—to help fairgoers spot energy loss in a home. A new video--“Improving Your Home’s Performance”—is shown nonstop and captures the process of identifying home energy issues and making improvements.

Is your property suitable for a solar energy system? To learn if it is, check out the Minnesota Solar Suitability App, a fascinating tool that provides an aerial image of your property and tells if your rooftop or yard can harvest enough sun to make solar panels feasible for you. The App gives solar insolation figures and rates your property as poor, good, or optimal for solar.

A few other exhibit features include:

  • Air sealing and insulation

  • The latest in ENERGY STAR® appliances and lighting

  • Low-cost window improvements

  • What’s new in programmable thermostats

  • A “Better New Homes” display from the University of Minnesota showcasing high-performance new construction

  • The dangers of an “orphaned” water heater

The exhibit is coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources in collaboration with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The goal is to help fairgoers make informed choices about energy improvements, so stop by with your energy questions. 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.

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