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Building a Sustainable Community

Building a Sustainable Community

Energy solutions for Minneapolis customers

Overview

Creating a sustainable community is a top priority for Minneapolis leaders. The quality of life in Minneapolis is linked to the health and well being of our community and our environment.

Welcome to the Xcel Energy® “gateway site,” developed in partnership with Xcel Energy and the City of Minneapolis. Whether you are a homeowner, a developer or run your own business, this site showcases the variety of energy conservation and renewable programs and tools available from Xcel Energy and the City of Minneapolis designed to help you meet your environmental goals. In addition to meeting your environmental goals, incorporating energy efficiency and conservation in your home or business can increase comfort and lower your utility bills.

Minneapolis Conserves

Minneapolis residents and businesses have a strong record of environmental preservation and energy conservation. Check out the 2012 electricity savings that Minneapolis customers achieved using Xcel Energy programs. (In the chart below, Demand Savings is measured in kilowatts, Energy Savings in kilowatt hours and Carbon Avoided in pounds.)

  Participants Demand Savings Energy Savings Carbon Avoided
Homes 5,531 8,751 kW 2,457,280 kWh 3,822,229 lbs
Businesses 726 17,163 kW 50,145,116 kWh 77,999,298 lbs
Total 6,257 25,914 kW 52,602,396 kWh 81,821,527 lbs

*C02 equivalents calculated with Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Take the Minneapolis Energy Challenge

Save money and keep your community healthy by taking the Minneapolis Energy Challenge.

  • Calculate your current emissions
  • Commit to actions that will reduce energy use
  • Learn more about available resources
  • Participate in online forums with energy experts

Resources and Savings for Homeowners

Saver’s Switch® Discounts

In Minneapolis, approximately 29,000 homes and 1,550 businesses participate in Saver’s Switch. You get a discount for letting us cycle your air conditioner on the hottest days. It’s free and easy. Sign up now for next summer’s discounts for your home or business.

Financing Tools for Homeowners

Home improvement financing information is available via CEE.

Resources and Savings for Businesses

Saver’s Switch® Discounts

In Minneapolis, more than 29,000 homes and 1,550 businesses participate in Saver’s Switch. You get a discount for letting us cycle your air conditioner on the hottest days. It’s free and easy. Sign up now for next summer’s discounts for your home or business.

Financing Tools for Business

  • The City of Minneapolis offers a wide array of financing programs for Minneapolis businesses.
  • The Center for Energy and Environment offers financing for small business lighting improvements through the One-Stop Efficiency Shop program. In addition, they offer a Commercial Energy Efficiency Loan Program for businesses making cost effective energy efficiency improvements.
  • Find low-interest financing through the Trillion Btu program for large commercial and industrial energy efficiency retrofits through the Saint Paul Port Authority.

Resources and Savings for Builders and Developers

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Our products and services differ based on state. Please select your state (or the state you're interested in) from the list to the left.

Why do our products and services differ based on state? Because our business is regulated by state. We have regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. The different regulatory body for each state we serve determines what products and services we deliver in that state.