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UNI display encourages energy efficiency and use of alternate energy sources

May 13, 2003

Carole Yates, display coordinator, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, (319) 277-4782
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new display at the University of Northern Iowa's Center for Energy and Environmental Education details alternate energy sources and explains reliable ways to conserve energy and save money in the process.

Featured are hands-on displays, written works, placards, a1930s windmill and several solar panels.

Carole Yates, who coordinated the project, said increasing energy efficiency is a matter of changing mindsets. 'We can change the way we use energy, insulate our homes and purchase appliances, she said. 'This will save energy and keep us from polluting our environment and draining money from our state.'

The CEEE display, designed for adults and children, offers energy-efficiency changes that can be easily implemented, like replacing all incandescent light bulbs with T-8 compact fluorescent bulbs. Doing so could translate to a 70 percent savings on electricity bills. Turning off computers when they aren't in use can save100 watts of electricity a day.

Yates said the display also encourages use of alternate energy sources, like solar cells or panels, also called photovoltaics; fuel cells and wind turbines. 'Contrary to the myth that Iowa does not receive enough wind for wind power, Iowa ranks third in the United States in wind production,' said Yates. 'The falling cost of wind production makes it more economically feasible for Iowa to increase its wind generation.'

The display continues through October, and is free and open to the public. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by special evening or weekend appointments. To make an appointment, call (319) 273-2573.