Energy Efficiency Expo to be held Saturday

Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 5:01 p.m. CDT; updated 10:09 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — The organizers of the 2011 Energy Efficiency Expo hope to educate residents about ways to save money and energy both at home and at work.

Saturday's exposition at the Boone County Fairgrounds will feature more than 25 booths from local companies, including experts in heating and cooling, insulation and home weatherization.

The event, sponsored by Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia Water and Light and several other electric cooperatives, will also have four interactive seminars.

Three will be taught by energy efficiency experts on commercial lighting for business, home energy audits and do-it-yourself home weatherization. One seminar will be taught by Chris Starbuck, an MU professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, on energy-efficient landscaping.

“The purpose is to bring more awareness to using energy wisely and saving money on energy bills,” Jim Robertson, communications specialist at Boone Electric Cooperative said.

People will learn about rebates from their utilities, Energy Star ratings, how to use the tools to weatherize their homes and how to be more safe around the home, he said.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and a complimentary lunch will be served.

“With energy rates on the rise in the future — or at least not going down — people need to learn how to use energy wisely, without wasting it,” Robertson said. “The economy has been less than favorable, and we all need to find ways to reduce our expenses.”

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