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NEW BLOOMFIELD - Missouri Renewable Energy sponsored a free energy fair Monday at the New Life Evangelistic Center in New Bloomfield.  The even drew visitors from across the state and even Illinois. More than 150 people showed up within the first few hours of the fair and event organizers expect more than 400 visitors by the end of the day.

The organization's mission is to teach the public how to use renewable energy and live a more sustainable life. It also offers a two-year renewable energy training program for the homeless.  The goal is to teach them the skills to find them work in the renewable energy field. Event organizer Larry Rice said many former volunteers have gone on to find work in the industry.

The volunteers at today's fair taught visitors a number of ways they can start living a more sustainable life, like making bio-diesel fuel from vegetable oil, building an energy efficient dome home for about $10,000, and even how to cook fried chicken in a solar cooker. 

Rice and the volunteers said one of the easiest ways to start using energy more efficiently is to use compact fluorescent light bulbs rather than standard light bulbs. They also recommended inspecting your house for any cracks or holes as well as making sure you have insulation behind all electrical outlets inside your home.

Missouri Renewable Energy will hold another energy show in New Bloomfield on November 5.