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Find news releases related to efficiency and clean energy, utility regulation, and energy assistance and weatherization programs. News releases date five years back. After five years, releases will automatically drop off of this page.

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  • Governor proclaims Oct. 30 Weatherization Day
    October 30, 2014 - SAINT PAUL – Every year thousands of Minnesotans benefit from the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program. To raise awareness of the program, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed Oct. 30, 2014 Weatherization Day in Minnesota. The state’s Weatherization Assistance Program helps reduce energy use for low-income residents who struggle to pay their utility bills.
  • Winter Prep for Homeowners
    October 28, 2014 - SAINT PAUL – Winter is just around the corner. To help Minnesota prepare, the Department of Commerce has tips to help homeowners save energy, reduce utility bills, and keep homes safe this winter season.
  • Department of Commerce receives $103 million in funding for the Energy Assistance Program
    October 27, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce announced today that Minnesota received $103,239,338 in federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
  • New energy efficiency standards make refrigerators, freezers a smart buy
    October 15, 2014 - New U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers took effect on Sept. 15, 2014. That means a new refrigerator purchased today will use about 25 percent less energy than most common refrigerator types.
  • Minnesota’s Cold Weather Rule Starts October 15
    October 13, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN—As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourage Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to keep homes heated all winter long, and avoid disconnection.
  • Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency
    October 06, 2014 - As the heating season kicks in, it is time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home, the largest energy expense for most homes.
  • State of Minnesota Terminates Contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis
    September 26, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Commerce today announced that the State of Minnesota has taken formal steps to terminate all contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis.
  • When to replace your furnace or boiler
    September 15, 2014 - Minnesotans know that our home’s heating system is vital to our health, safety, and comfort, and is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in our home. Most U.S. homes are heated by a furnace or boiler.
  • Commerce Urges Homeowners to be Prepared for the Upcoming Propane Heating Season
    September 02, 2014 - Back to school signals the end of summer and the Minnesota Department of Commerce urges Minnesotans who rely on propane to heat their homes, especially those with lower incomes, to start now and plan ahead to avoid the pitfalls of last year’s propane crisis, when prices spiked.
  • Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home
    August 01, 2014 - Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lower your home’s cooling costs.
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