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The HOME ENERGY SQUAD Receives 2012 Sustainable Saint Paul Award

April 19, 2012: The HOME ENERGY SQUAD receives the 2012 Sustainable Saint Paul award for Energy Efficiency or Conservation for Energy Efficiency or Conservation

Rewards for Central Corridor Landlords

April 13, 2012: Landlords in select Central Corridor neighborhoods can receive maximum cash rebates for the qualified energy improvements they make on their residential properties.

Energy efficiency: Where to begin?

February 22, 2012: Like most homeowners, I want to lower my energy bills. And I don’t suspect I’m atypical in not knowing exactly where to begin.

Receive a reward for referrals

February 13, 2012: Let your friends and family know the Home Energy Squad is helping you reduce your energy bill and save money--tell them at work or church, by Facebook, or just forward a link to this page--and get rewarded with a little gift for yourself when they complete a Squad visit.

Initiative turns LRT route into Energy Innovation Corridor

January 23, 2012: Since plans for the Central Corridor light rail transit project started taking shape in 2008, another infrastructure program, the Energy Innovation Corridor (EIC), has been growing up alongside it.

Energy-Efficient Home Renovation Projects

October 28, 2011: The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) along with the City of Saint Paul, Larkin Construction, and community developer Sparc renovated two foreclosed homes in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.

KARE11 VIDEO: Home Energy Squad visits 10,000th home

October 26, 2011: With an autumn chill in the air, now is the time of year to start thinking about saving some cold hard cash on energy costs this winter. In 2010, Xcel and CenterPoint Energy teamed up to bring a Home Energy Squad through Minnesota homes to find ways to make improvements that could reduce energy use.

10,000 homeowners sign up for savings Home Energy Squad saves enough energy to serve nearly 1,300 homes for a year

October 26, 2011: Xcel Energy announces the 10,000th Home Energy Squad visit, a milestone the company says it reached earlier than expected due to positive customer response. Since its launch in January of 2010, the program has saved enough energy through its improvements to provide nearly 1,300 homes with electricity and natural gas for a year.

New Plug-In Options for Saint Paul Drivers

October 4, 2011: The City of Saint Paul, the Neighborhood Energy Connection and Xcel Energy today announced more options for sustainable transportation. Two new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are now available for use by members of HOURCAR, a car-sharing organization in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In addition, the city is installing 20 public stations for charging plug-in electric vehicles.

Home Energy Squad comes to St. Cloud

September 28, 2011: Xcel Energy announced today the launch of the Home Energy Squad efficiency program in St. Cloud. The program’s successful Twin Cities launch prompted organizers to offer it in another Minnesota city.