Energy counselors offer products and guidance to cut energy waste
Within CEE's residential program, the Home Energy Squad helps Minnesota homeowners lower their utility bills and become energy efficient by installing energy saving products (at no extra cost) and providing guidance to prevent energy waste. Provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy, and delivered by CEE, Home Energy Squad is powered by a hardworking team of energy counselors and auditors.
Energy counselors are a main point of contact for homeowners during Home Energy Squad visits. Working in teams of two, they inform homeowners with energy efficiency tips and identify opportunities for even greater savings — opening doors to improve both comfort and sustainability.
In this post, we’ll highlight the program’s energy counselors, efficiency experts who provide in-home residential energy analysis in support of CEE’s Residential Programs. (Keep an eye out for our follow up post on CEE's energy auditors.) Our energy counselors bring years of experience to CEE's residential program efforts, empowering homeowners to become energy efficient and live more comfortably in their homes.
Phillip Dejarlais previously worked as a senior survey research analyst at Food Perspectives, Inc., a market research taste test company. Phil also served as a resource center intern at Do It Green! Minnesota and as a research field assistant at the University of Minnesota. He earned his B.S. in Geography at the University of Minnesota.
Ed Draper worked with adults with disabilities before coming to CEE. He also plays drums in a wedding band, and works at the Electric Fetus record store on weekends, and has interned at KFAI and KUSC radio stations. Ed holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Southern California.
Scott Franke had an engineering internship at Palermo's Pizza before joining CEE, and served as a quarter masters at a summer camp in the Boundary Waters. At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Scott studied Biological Systems Engineering and also received a certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability.
Sarah Jordan started her efficiency career through the Minnesota GreenCorps program, where she worked with Hennepin County to help develop a county-wide building energy benchmarking program. She has also worked as an analytics intern with Be The Match and a research plot and lob tech at the University of Minnesota.
Eric Larsen comes to CEE with a background in residential construction and remodeling, where he became interested in the world of energy efficiency and realized its importance in a world of ever-limited resources. Before that, Eric helped run an urban farming business.
Jarad Miles previously worked as a freelance writer-editor and media strategist for design-build firms focused on quality and sustainability in the high-performance building sector. Jarad serves on the board of Passive House Minnesota, and holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications from South Dakota State University.
Morgan Nordby completed an AmeriCorps term with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota prior to working for CEE. As a youth outdoors crew member, Morgan did conservation and restoration work throughout the city of St. Paul, and led a crew of high school students on various natural resource projects.
Zeph O’Rourke worked previously with adults with disabilities, assisting his clients for independent living. He has an educational background in science and nursing, and is a volunteer bike mechanic at a community bike shop in south Minneapolis where he teaches bike maintenance.
Rebecca Priestley was previously a supervisor at Good Earth Food Co-op in St. Cloud. Rebecca also volunteered with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, examining plants, soil, and water to assist in wetland determinations. They majored in Environmental Studies at St. Cloud State University.
Bryn Shank won a sustainable youth leadership award from the City of St. Paul for his work to install four hydration stations at Central High School. He also worked for three years in the landscape industry and was an active member of YEA!MN (Youth Environmental Activists of Minnesota).
Stephanie Shimota worked previously as a multifamily outreach intern with Eureka Recycling and for the Macalester College Dewitt Wallace library. Stephanie is a 2017 graduate of Macalester, where she studied geography, community and global health, Russian, and environmental studies.
Samuel Wagner worked previously in sales positions ranging from ID badge systems to running his own granite countertop shop before coming to CEE. Sam received his BA in geoscience from Winona State University, with a focus on Environmental Reclamation.
Home Energy Squad
Home Energy Squad in Parktacular Parade
Home Energy Squad represents at neighborhood picnic
Media: Home Energy Squad in Brooklyn Park (CCX Media)