Energize Missouri Tour to visit Columbia promoting energy efficiency

Monday, October 10, 2011 | 4:26 p.m. CDT; updated 5:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Energize Missouri tour, a program that aims to promote energy efficiency, will stop in Columbia on Oct. 12 while traveling the state with interactive exhibits.

The Energize Missouri vehicle will be parked at Wednesday's Farmer's Market, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center, 1701 W. Ash St. On Thursday, the vehicle will stop from noon to 7 p.m. at Home Depot, 3215 Clark Lane.

The tour, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The department is administering more than $200 million in recovery act funds to support Energize Missouri projects, according to a release.

Congress passed the recovery act in February 2009, with three goals: To create new jobs and save existing ones; to spur economic activity and invest in long-term growth; and to foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending.

According to the release from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the tour's interactive exhibits will include: 

  • The House of Pressure, a visual exhibit made of clear plastic to give users a behind-the-scenes look at how homes work and how people can increase their homes' energy efficiency.
  • Handheld thermal imaging camera that shows areas of energy loss, air leakage and air flow.
  • A did you know quiz that provides solutions for common areas of home energy loss.
  • Energy-related coloring books and the Energy Hog game, which teaches children about home energy efficiency.
  • Licensed energy auditors will be available to answer questions, give demonstrations, share information about state tax credits and offer cost-saving tips for reducing energy bills.

The Energize Missouri tour began Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair. The Energize Missouri vehicle began traveling around the state on Sept. 13. The tour has visited Kansas City, St. Joseph, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Ft. Leonard Wood, Springfield and St. Louis. This week the tour will be in Columbia, before moving on to Kirksville, Cape Girardeau and Popular Bluff. The tour ends Oct. 23.

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