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Energy Tip - August 15, 2013

Don’t miss the Home Energy exhibit at this year’s State Fair

Whether discovering money-saving energy tips or scouting out renewable energy options, this year’s Home Energy exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair promises to raise your energy IQ by a few hundred megawatts.

The exhibit, located at the Eco Experience on the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, will include educational displays to show improved efficiency, comfort, safety, and sustainability of Minnesota homes. Visitors will view all sides of one’s home—inside and out—to gain energy-saving ideas. From basic energy assessments and no-cost energy conservation measures to researching clean energy projects, the Home Energy exhibit will provide engaging displays for kids and adults alike.

Many new displays are planned to complement several mainstays from last year. Here’s a glimpse of what you will see:

Where Does Energy Come From? Shows the types of energy used in a community (electricity, natural gas, delivered fuels) and sources of electricity such as coal, nuclear, natural gas, wind, solar, and hydro.

Solar Electricity. Demonstrates the benefits of using solar energy for electricity and shows how solar photovoltaic (PV) panels provide electricity to your house.

Wind Fan. Provides options 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 that energy to generate electricity.

Energy from the Earth. This ground source heat pump display presents three basic technologies for getting heat from the ground in Minnesota.

Home Energy IQ. Answers questions about statewide energy use and the environmental impacts on Minnesota homes.

The State Fair runs from Aug. 22-Sept. 2. For more on the Home Energy exhibit and other features of the Eco Experience, visit the Eco Experience website.

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.