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Expo to Show Consumers How to Cut Energy Use

Golden, Colo., June 6, 2002

Consumers can learn how to save energy and money at home from experts who specialize in energy efficient and renewable energy products and services at the Consumer Energy Expo June 21 - 22. The Expo is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in conjunction with Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC).

The Expo at NREL's Visitors Center includes exhibits and activities for the entire family. Representatives of nearly 30 local businesses and organizations specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies will be on hand to answer questions and provide product and service demonstrations.

Friday, June 21, noon until 4 p.m.- Learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency from nearly 30 product and services exhibits.

Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Education sessions on solar energy, efficient cooling and other topics will be held throughout the day. Local businesses and organizations will provide product and service demonstrations highlighting the latest available technologies. Children will have the chance to learn about energy through special children's activities.

The Consumer Energy Expo is free and open to the public. The NREL Visitors Center is located at 15013 Denver West Parkway in Golden. To get to the Visitors Center, take I-70 to Denver West Boulevard, Exit 263, and travel north to Denver West Parkway. Turn left and continue past the Marriott Hotel to the NREL Visitors Center. For more information call 303-275-4087.

NREL is a national laboratory owned by the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by Midwest Research Institute, Battelle and Bechtel. The lab conducts research into wind energy, plant-derived fuels and chemicals, energy-efficient buildings, solar energy, advanced vehicle design and hydrogen technologies.

Editors note: Schedule of Saturday education sessions follows:

Consumer Energy Expo Education Sessions

June 22, 2002

Solar Power for Homes, Farms and Business - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Solar Hot Water
Ken May or Daiman Vilppu, Industrial Solar Technologies

Solar Electric Power
Mark McCray, RMS Electric

Colorado's Renewable Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Society
Dave Bowden, CRES

Keeping Your Home Cool and Affordable - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A Blueprint for Affordable Comfort
Paul Kriescher of Lightly Treading

Approaches to Cost-Effective Cooling
Dennis Brachfeld of About Saving Heat

Financing Your Energy Efficiency Improvements
Kim Starley of Universal Lending

Small Scale Renewable Energy - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Susan Innis, Land and Water Fund

Small Scale Wind
Victor Creazzi of Aerofire

Geothermal Heating and Cooling
Monte Schmidt of Valley Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information, please contact NREL Public Affairs at (303) 275-4090 or email public.affairs@nrel.gov

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