Renewable Energy Conference

9 years 6 months 8 hours ago March 29, 2007 Mar 29, 2007 Thursday, March 29 2007 Thursday, March 29, 2007 8:58:02 AM CDT in News

With utility bills going up, mid-Missourians are looking for ways to cut back, a conference Wednesday in Columbia gives a new outlook on conserving energy by using renewable resources.

MU tries to conserve energy and be more energy efficient all across campus.

"We've done various programs for energy conservation including lighting, heating and venhiliation system retrofits, using sunlight for daylight," said Paul Coleman with campus facilities energy management.

Along with saving energy, MU also saves something else.

"The more energy we can reduce, the more money we save, the less money the campus has to spend on energy, and keep tuition down as much as possible," Coleman said.

The energy management for campus facilities was just one of the booths on display at the conference.

Columbia Water and Light showcased a model home with tips on how residents can conserve and become more energy efficient in the home.

"The furnace filter is the one that gets repeated, but it is still amazing that people don't know how to change their furnace filter," said Jay Hasheider with Columbia Water and Light "For a dollar, they can make their furnace run more efficiently both in the summer and the winter."

Four categories of renewable energy resources discussed at the conference include wind, efficiency, biomass, and solar.

Columbia Water and Light, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and MU sponsored the second annual advancing renewables in the midwest conference.

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