Looking Back: Top blog posts of 2018
CEE's past year was filled with innovative research and successful programming, led by seasoned pros as well as important new colleagues. To close out 2018, we're highlighting our top five most viewed blogs this year:
5. Super Bowl LII: Minnesota’s unstoppable energy efficiency offense.
Our fifth most-read post of this year dates back to January, when Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl LII — yes, that was just this year. With all eyes on Minnesota, we highlighted some of our state’s most important energy efficiency initiatives.
4. New colleagues support CEE's mission in the field and behind the scenes.
Our fourth most-read blog post highlighted an incoming group of CEE’s new colleagues. To increase our mission impact through program reach and effective operations, CEE continued to add staff in key areas throughout 2018, introducing new co-workers through our blog.
3. Lending Center offers renovation financing for homes and businesses.
Next up, this post highlighted CEE’s lending options as an important resource for homeowners looking to improve their home’s efficiency and comfort. In 2018, CEE's lending services financed about $9.4 million to Minnesotans for energy efficiency and other improvements.
2. Energy counselors offer products and guidance to cut energy waste.
First runner-up was this post underscoring how energy counselors help residents get a handle on their homes' energy use through the Home Energy Squad program, which is offered by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, and delivered by CEE. Our energy counselors bring years of experience to all our residential program efforts, empowering homeowners to become energy efficient and live more comfortably.
1. Cold-Climate Air Source Heat Pumps.
Lastly, our top viewed post from this year was an article originally published in Home Energy Magazine. CEE researchers Ben Schoenbauer, Alex Haynor, and Nicole Kessler, authored the piece which investigates the field performance of air source heat pumps in Minnesota's cold climate. Research into the practicality and energy savings of cold climate air source heat pumps has been an important thread throughout the year — including recently being highlighted among key technologies that will contribute to ongoing energy savings in coming years.
And even as we celebrate the past year, here's a bonus post as a reminder that some stories are timeless...
CEE's most viewed post outside of 2018 was this 2013 chestnut on roof top units:
> 1,000 Words: Roof Top Units (RTUs) and Economizers.
This post has held up as one of CEE’s most popular posts through the years, likely a reflection of our engineers' expertise with RTUs, which represent a large chunk of commercial energy consumption. This piece showcases some animations showing how the technology works, and how economizers can improve their efficiency.
CEE's work is multifaceted, dipping into all sorts of techologies, partnerships, and approaches to serve better energy use and greater savings. This relatively small sampling of posts sure doesn't cover that breadth, but it gives a little hint of that range of energy efficiency efforts, with a focus on our talented staff.
Cheers to more energy efficiency success stories in the coming year.