Being more energy-efficient just makes sense. Often times, making just a few small changes around your energy use habits can lead to a much more comfortable home, and can even help you save money. On top of that, using less energy helps reduce emissions from power plants, so shrinking your carbon footprint becomes as easy as flipping a switch.
By making small changes in an effort to become more energy-efficient, you're helping to pave the way to more sustainable communities, and that's something we can all feel good about.
We realize that living in the "frozen tundra" of Minnesota can mean especially cold winters, and we believe that staying warm shouldn't depend on income. Through various partnerships and programs, we're here to help make heating your home more affordable, and we can even help make it more efficient.
We offer numerous Affordable Energy programs for Minnesota residents. From discounts and free services, to state-run weatherization programs, multi-family savings programs, and energy assistance: we're here to help.
Using less energy doesn't always require purchasing new, high-efficiency equipment or appliances. Use these minimal to no-cost tips to start saving energy this winter; you might save some money too.
The proper temperature for a water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and by lowering it 10 degrees, you can save 3-5 percent on your water heating costs; you can also insulate it to maximize efficiency.
Open your blinds to take advantage of the sun's warmth during the day, but be sure to close them again at night to insulate against the cold air outside.
Affordable window sealing kits can be found in most local home improvement stores and can help you save more than $40. You can also have your home evaluated for leaky ducts, drafts around doors and windows, fireplace dampers, and other places where air might escape.
Use your oven light or timer to avoid opening it often while you cook; each time the door is opened, the temperature drops 25 degrees. Put lids on your pots and pans while cooking to speed up cooking time and keep the heat where you need it most.
Improving the insulation of walls, crawl spaces, floors, and heating ducts is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy costs, saving you upwards of 10 percent on your monthly energy bill.
Dirty furnace filters reduce airflow, requiring your furnace to work harder and use more energy. Change the filter once a month during the winter to reduce your heating costs by 5 percent.
During winter months, set your thermostat between 65-70 degrees while you're home, and 58 degrees when you're away. If you use a programmable thermostat, which automatically adjusts the temperature based on your routine, you could save 10 percent on heating costs.
During colder months, run your ceiling fans counter-clockwise, so that the warm air that gets trapped near the ceiling is forced down.
Learn about how you can become more energy-efficient through our home energy efficiency programs and rebates.
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