Media: Edina Seeks Help Cutting Energy Consumption (About Town)

March 27, 2017

An article in Edina's Spring About Town Magazine mentions HES home visit as one of the five steps homeowners can take to reduce their home energy consumption. Read the article on page 37 and 38. 

From About Town

Edina has a lot of qualities to brag about, but being a top energy user is not one of them.

Edina residents consume more energy per capita than people in almost any city in the state. According to the Regional Indicators Initiative, Edina is third highest, just behind Lake Elmo and Minnetonka, and far above
Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth.

“It’s not something we want to be No. 1 at,” said Sarah Zarrin, 2016 Chairwoman of the City’s Energy & Environment Commission.

To change that, the City has begun an effort to reduce energy consumption in homes, businesses and City buildings. It created its plan with the support of Partners in Energy, a two-year service offered to communities by Xcel Energy. Edina is among 23 cities in Minnesota and Colorado that have joined the program...

...Residents are encouraged to schedule a visit from the Home Energy Squad. They’ll evaluate a home for easy upgrades and install efficiencies like weather stripping and programmable thermostats, said Tami Gunderzik, who manages the Partners in Energy program for Xcel. The $100 visits are only $50 for customers after a $50 subsidy from the City...

Read the full article here