News and Stories

Xcel Energy deals with the cost of conservation

December 8, 2012: A lot of people like the Brenners have been practicing energy conservation lately, and Xcel Energy, the Twin Cities' primary utility, says that's good -- good for the environment, good for the company and good for consumers who want lower energy bills.

It's ice dam season, and a little preparation goes a long way

December 12, 2012: Reducing damage from ice dams is a huge motivator for residents to make their homes energy efficient, said Rebecca Olson, home energy program manager for the nonprofit Neighborhood Energy Connection in St. Paul and president of the Minnesota Building Performance Association.

Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights at the NEC

November 20, 2012: Don’t know what to do with those old or no longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle the old lights with us!

HOURCAR Receives the Governor's Certificate of Recognition

November 13, 2012: HOURCAR Receives the Governor's Certificate of Recognition.

Connections to the Corridor: HOURCAR Makes Autos Optional in the Twin Cities

September 19, 2012: This post is the second in an occasional series “Connections to the Corridor”. In this series, we will highlight a variety of efforts underway to connect people to the Central Corridor (officially known as the Green Line) and beyond.

Home Energy Squad comes to Faribault and Red Wing

August 23, 20012: Xcel Energy is expanding the Home Energy Squad efficiency program into Faribault and Red Wing. The program’s successful Twin Cities launch prompted organizers to offer it in additional Minnesota cities. Xcel Energy representatives are going door to door to spread the word.

Energy Efficiency Assistance and Rebates for Central Corridor Business and Rental Property Owners

June 20, 2012: Two non-profit organizations working to promote energy conservation and efficiency in Minnesota have launched programs targeted specifically at Central Corridor small business owners and rental property owners. The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) and The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) have each developed programs that recognize the unique challenges of promoting energy efficiency within these groups. By providing tailored energy audits followed by incentives such as rebates or low-cost financing, these non-profits are offering creative solutions to achieve greater energy efficiency in the Central Corridor.

Beat the Heat at Home

July 10, 2012: There’s no need to wait for next winter’s ice dams to call: sweltering hot summer is the ideal time to schedule a home energy audit. You will come away from your audit knowing how to keep your home cooler, your family more comfortable, and your energy bill trimmed down.

Energy Use Increases as Air Conditioners Turn On

July 3, 2012: Hot weather this week likely means greater energy use as Minnesotans crank up their air conditioners. The bad news is that people who run their AC continuously for several consecutive days will likely notice a spike in their electric bill compared to last year.

New Financing Products Make Efficiency Easy

May 31, 2012: Two new home energy financing products will help Minnesota homeowners save money and energy.