Hey all,

I'm looking to showcase the energy efficiency offerings we have.  We want to showcase some of our common solutions in our area, which are duct sealing, air sealing, energy efficient light bulbs, sealing chases and fir downs, and adding insulation.  We have a store where we are trying to do displays of each of these things.  What we've thought up for each is below:

Duct sealing - Fan with small plenum and two ducts coming off and terminating.  One sealed, one unsealed.  

Questions - Does anyone have pointers on what sort of fog machine and fan to use?  The idea behind these displays is that they can be turned off and on like a childrens museum display, by the push of a button.  Any pointers on what to use would be appreciated.

Air sealing - Looking for a plan for a plexiglass house where we can show air leakage. Again, looking for a plan for an "activate" button as well as a fan size and fog machine.  And house plans.  I've seen these at trade shows, if someone could show me a plan or even a good picture that would be awesome.

Energy efficient light bulbs - Who knows how to get one of those displays like they have at home depot?  We'd love to show one. 

Sealing chases - Probably goes along with the plexiglass house.  Thoughts?

Adding insulation - We were thinking of a basic plexiglass box with a thermometer under low insulation and under lots of insulation with heat lamps above.  Any other thoughts are welcome.

Overall, if you have any plans for how to make an energy efficient display, or knowledge on how to get one from a sales rep, we would love to know! Another thought we've had is an animation, going through the house with an interactive display. Does anyone have a lead on existing animations they've used?

Thank you!

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Hi Daniel,

Trying to explain to a home owner what a thermal bypass is, is time consuming and mostly ineffective.  Yet a simple physical model will convey the explanation in a heartbeat.  And a dozen models will make you look like an expert.

A display can vary from pretty pictures to a small house constructed inside your office, space being the limiting factor.  If you have room, provide seating for 10 to 20 in an audience to listen to a short energy efficiency presentation.  If you lack that kind of space, then make many of your models portable so you can go on the road and take them along.  Public speaking is a great way to keep busy during slow times.

An important part of good displays is how well you support them with the related wording.  If every display provokes a list of questions then you will need an answer person available for everyone who visits.  If 10 people show up at the same time you will want those signs to answer most/all of their questions.  Murphy's law says they will most frequently show up in groups when only one person is in the office.

"Hands on" models has always worked for me in a variety of professions.


Hands on props are highly recommended; all the better in a store-front type environment. Over the years, we've developed and used many tangibles in our classes for home inspectors and REALTORS. 

One of my personal favorites is a portable light bulb comparison display we made from a pair of recycled old 6-lamp "bath bar" luminaires. We gave each its own pigtail, added a toggle switch to control each lamp base, and then mounted them both side-by-side on a musician's speaker stand. You can quickly and easily contrast numerous lamp attributes: waste heat, color temperature, beam spread, etc. in any combination you like. Add on a Kill-a-Watt meter (or two), and you can log kW or kWh too.

Or just turn on all 12 lamps at once, and give your class a free tan!

For more smart display ideas, check out the exhibits at any of these excellent energy training centers:


Check the photos here -


Maybe you will get some ideas.


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