Looking Back: Top blog posts of 2019
Over the last year, CEE staff performed groundbreaking research, worked with local governments on policy initiatives, began offering new certifications for innovative energy solutions, and partnered with utilities to further energy efficiency through several successful programs. While it would be near impossible to summarize everything we’ve done over the last year in a single post, this list of our top five most-read blogs showcases some highlights of 2019:
5. CEE offers passive building certification to MN builders
Our fifth most-read post this year discusses certifications that CEE’s new homes staff are now qualified to offer for homes and multifamily buildings built to the Passive House Institute U.S.’s standard. Passive building aims to operate a residence with as little energy as possible.
4. New website helps residents take charge of home energy use
Our fourth most-read post introduced CEE’s new residential resources website: Home Energy Hub. The site gathers expert-vetted info on home energy solutions, offering logistics and cost estimates for everything from quick and easy changes homeowners can make to bigger, innovative projects that drastically lower both energy bills and carbon footprint.
3. Toward a carbon-free electricity future, the Minnesota way
Our third most popular post was written by Mike Bull, CEE’s director of policy and external affairs. He discussed Minnesota’s clean energy vision, highlighting the specific considerations CEE recommends Governor Walz focus on as the state pursues a cost-effective green future.
2. Heat pumps as path to electrify home heating: Lessons from the polar vortex
In the second most-read post of the year, Jenny Edwards, director of planning and engagement, talked about air source heat pump performance in extreme climates like Minnesota’s. CEE will continue this vein of research into 2020, with two state-funded projects on cold-climate air source heat pumps in single-family and multifamily homes.
1. Time-of-Sale Energy Disclosure: Knowledge means consumer power
The most-viewed blog of 2019 came from CEE’s president, Chris Duffrin, who discussed Minneapolis’s new consumer-friendly energy disclosure policy. He offered a breakdown of what buyers and sellers should know about the policy, which CEE ran a pilot to help inform.
And our most popular blog of all time is the following July 2018 post about heat pumps:
> Cold-Climate Air Source Heat Pumps
This post, with input from multiple CEE staff, was originally published in Home Energy Magazine. It details the potential, limitations, technical specs, and existing research on cold-climate air source heat pumps. You will see plenty more from us about heat pumps, next year and beyond — this post is a great primer for future research reports.
This selection of posts highlights the tip of the CEE iceberg — we are vast and growing every year! We have many staff with many specializations, partnering with utilities, governments, businesses, and more to promote energy- and cost-saving programs, services, and technologies.
We look forward to continuing our existing energy work and pursuing new avenues to strengthen the economy while improving the environment throughout 2020 as well as the next decade.