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AmerenUE Invites Earth Day Visitors to Visit "Smart Energy Efficiency House"
Earth Day Display Offers Hands-On Exhibits, Educational Demonstrations

AmerenUE will again present its “Smart Energy Efficiency House” at this year’s celebration of the St Louis Earth Day in Forest Park, April 26. UE is a Main Sponsor of this year’s Earth Day festival and is the anchor tent in the “Energy Neighborhood.”

The exhibit will feature 12 interactive displays:

• Hand-cranked generators that demonstrate how much muscle power is needed to produce a kilowatt of electricity;

• An exhibit comparing the energy demands of newer appliances and electronics with older, less efficient “Energy Hogs”;

• CFL and LED light displays;

• Displays of the low-energy ENERGY STAR®-qualified appliances;

• Home Depot personnel will be on hand for presentations and tips to help you save energy in your home; and

• AmerenUE’s first hybrid bucket truck, which runs on both electricity and diesel fuel, will be on display.

“This is a fun, interactive exhibit. There really is something for everyone at the Smart Energy Efficiency House,” says AmerenUE’s Managing Supervisor of Energy Efficiency Greg Lovett. “We’ve designed it to appeal to a broad audience of people interested in understanding their energy usage and learning about ways to be more energy efficient.”

UE will also give away 5,000 electroluminescent nightlights at the display. The nightlights, which emit a soft, diffuse light, use three-tenths of a watt of electricity, costing about 2 cents to operate year-round and saving consumers about $16 over the life of the light compared to a standard 4-watt incandescent night light.

In its recently published Integrated Resource Plan, UE announced that it will spend $24 million on energy efficiency programs for our customers in 2009, a number that will grow to $56 million annually by 2015. That level of spending should place Missouri among the top 10 states in the nation in per capita investment in energy efficiency programs.

“Energy efficiency programs give customers a choice and understand how to reduce their utility bills and help the environment by reducing the amount of electricity we must generate,” says Lovett. “These programs are also good for AmerenUE and communities. Less power used reduces emissions and stress on our delivery and generation systems.”

To find out more on about energy efficiency through AmerenUE and the St Louis Earth Day Festival, go to http://www.ameren.com/EnergyEfficiency/.

UE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

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CONTACT: Tim Fox, 314.554.4335, of AmerenUE