Energy Efficiency On Tour In Missouri

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy came up with an interactive new way to teach Missouri residents about energy efficiency and the ways that they can save money on their energy bills. Recently the Energize Missouri Homes Tour took place at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. If you missed the fair, however, and will be in the state of Missouri in the next six weeks, you might catch the exhibit in your area as it travels on an education tour.

It all began at the State Fair, where the main attraction was the “House of Pressure,” which featured clear plastic walls so viewers could see the its inner workings, which included a forced air duct system, a dryer, and a fireplace among others. There were also interactive activities like “Energy Hog,” designed to teach children energy-saving tips in a fun way. Director of the Division of Energy Llona C. Weiss believed that by seeing a house from the inside out, consumers were able to see specific examples of energy efficiency possibilities. Exhibits of these same themes will be brought on tour.

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The Energize Missouri Homes Tour begins September 12, and will be traveling around the state for six weeks in a specially-designed vehicle that will feature exhibits. Their goal is to educate as many people as possible about the benefits of energy efficiency and the installation of energy-efficiency measures. On tour stops, an energy auditor will give demonstrations on how to conserve energy in the home and field questions from the public.

Representatives of Energize Missouri will also be on hand to talk about the specifics of the tax deductions and tax credits that are available to those who partake in a certified home energy audit and making the adjustments suggested by the auditor.

Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.