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Energy conservation on display at Saturday's Harvest Festival

Duluth remains one of the cities in the running for a $5 million prize in an energy-saving competition — and residents are invited to learn more about how they can take part at Saturday's Harvest Festival at Bayfront Festival Park.

The free festival, hosted by the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Organizers said it brings "producers and consumers together to celebrate healthy communities through sustainably produced delicious food."

The festival will include local farmers, artisans, music, and organizations and businesses devoted to sustainability.

There also will be displays dedicated to renewable energy and energy conservation — something important to the city's chances of advancing in the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. The $5 million prize will go to the community that most successfully cuts its use of natural gas and electricity during the next two years. Earlier this year Duluth was one of 50 small- to medium-sized cities nationwide to be named a semifinalist.

Today's event will include an "Energy Tent" with activities including an energy-saving obstacle course, energy kit prizes provided by Minnesota Power and Comfort Systems, and chances to learn more about energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The city offered some suggestions for simple ways to save energy, including:

• Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees.

• Change remaining incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs.

• Use expanding foam around gaps created by plumbing, electrical and vent openings to the outdoors, to prevent heat loss.

Learn more about the energy prize and energy conservation at www.duluthenergy.org.

Learn more about today's Harvest Festival at www.sfa-mn.org/lake-superior.