Many learn at the Energy Design Conference and Expo

By KBJR News 1

February 25, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 8:08 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Looking to make your home more energy efficient?
Well then, the Energy Design Conference and Expo is the place for you.

Conserving energy means saving money ... something we can all agree is a good thing.
And the Energy Design Conference and Expo, hosted by Minnesota Power, aims to teach people the best ways to achieve that goal.

"This year our topics range from energy efficient lighting to energy efficient building to heating, ventilation, cooling, solar energy and even heating with biomass." Said Minnesota Power Energy Efficiency Analyst, Amanda Oja.

The conference, which spans three days at the DECC, includes designers, educators, and those who wish to learn more about energy efficiency and according to Erin Shea of Mountain Iron based Silicon Energy, some are planning for their future.

"We even talked to a younger gentleman planning his retirement home for 30 years down the road that wants to make it a net zero home. So thinking about, how do I get on-site generation as well as talking to other vendors and making an energy efficient envelope and building. " Said Shea.

So, when it comes to energy design, it's all about efficiency, which is why here at the expo people can not only learn about what's going on in the energy design world, but can also earn some continuing education credits.

More than 40 workshops and classes were held and the quality of the classes has brought people from all over the region.

"Multiple people I spoke to came up from the cities and Southern Minnesota because they said it's really good quality continuing education credits that they can get here." Said Shea.

The quality education comes from the manufacturers who create the energy-friendly products.

"Contractors and people that are installing our product are much more confident in the field as they're putting it in knowing that they're doing it the way exactly that we recommend and in the most efficient way possible." Said Presenter and Salesperson from Marvin Windows, Erick Filby.

The conference and expo is in its 24th year.
Every year subjects are evolving as the world of energy efficiency continues to grow and change.

Bryce Henry