Home energy

Explore displays on residential energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy options.

What you can see and do

Smart Home. Learn about the latest products that enable you to control your home environment through connected devices—including thermostats, lighting, and security—that offer convenience, safety, comfort, and energy savings.

Exhibitor: Best Buy

Solar power your electric vehicle. Thinking about an electric vehicle? Take the next step in greening your transportation by powering your car with the sun. Learn about rooftop solar options, community solar opportunities, and green power purchasing from your local electric utility.


  • Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners' Circle
  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Clean Energy Resource Teams

The new world of LED lighting. How we light our world has been transformed by the wide range of efficient LED lighting options. New products—from standard screw-in bulbs to integrated LED fixtures—now offer a variety of color and brightness options. A short interactive demonstration will help show you the latest generation of LED fixtures that combine beautiful design with controllability, long-life and energy efficiency.


  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Clean Energy Resource Teams

Home energy efficiency: Where to start. What are the most significant things you can do to improve the comfort, safety, and efficiency of your home? And how do you figure that out? From insulation to air sealing to water conservation to innovative construction materials and techniques, many home improvements can require specialized knowledge and experience. Learn how to make the best choices for your home through an advanced energy assessment offered by an energy auditor.


  • Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Center for Energy and Environment
  • Minnesota Building Performance Association

Renewables. Solar specialists will be on hand to help determine how you can get your power from solar. The Minnesota Solar App, a LIDAR geomapping tool created by the University of Minnesota, will be set up to pinpoint your property and tell if your location is suitable for a solar energy system.

Exhibitor: Minnesota Department of Commerce

Electric vehicles

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first hybrid minivanElectric vehicles are in the Home Energy area this year. We’re emphasizing that you can really green your ride by powering your EV with solar.

Check out a couple new vehicles: The Chevy Bolt EV can travel over 200 miles on a single charge, and Chrysler's Pacifica Hybrid is the first hybrid minivan.


Exhibitors lead the way in the home energy at Eco ExperienceMinnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Division provides resources to help Minnesotans make their homes and businesses more energy efficient and install clean energy systems such as solar, wind, and bioenergy.

Best Buy is partnering with Samsung to provide ENERGY STAR appliances at the Eco Experience.

CenterPoint Energy is Minnesota's largest natural gas distribution utility, serving about 800,000 customers in 260 communities. CenterPoint Energy is offering ways to save energy and money through energy audits and giveaways at the State Fair.

Clean Energy Resource Teams connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need in order to implement renewable energy technologies. CERTs is sending many renewable energy ambassadors to help fairgoers interact with solar and wind exhibits.

Minnesota Building Performance Association provides safe, cost-effective, energy-efficient homes in Minnesota and will provide their energy-saving expertise at the Eco Experience building.

Minnesota Plug-In Vehicle Owners’ Circle provides a forum for Minnesota owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to connect, share their experiences and learn more about PEV-related topics.