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Saving energy makes sense

The average Minnesota family spends a significant amount of money on energy, but we can dramatically reduce these costs—up to 30%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy—by making some simple energy-saving improvements to our homes. In addition to saving money on utility bills, we can protect our homes from moisture damage year-round, reduce problems caused by ice dams on the roof during the winter, significantly cut summer cooling costs, extend the life of houses, and sometimes increase resale values. Furthermore, reductions in energy use also reduce environmental effects, including lowering contributions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

Saving energy benefits everyone

The cumulative effects of thousands of Minnesota families reducing their energy use will pay big benefits to all of us. We use a great deal of energy in our state, and the majority of it is derived from fossil fuels—all of which must be imported into our state. Anything that we can do to reduce the emissions from burning coal and petroleum products will help to slow the rate of climate change and have a positive impact on air and water quality. Additionally, investments in energy-related home improvements help to grow jobs in Minnesota—from contractors and installers to manufacturers and retailers.

Where to begin?

Many people assume that there is little they can do to reduce their energy bills and increase the efficiency of their home. In reality, there are many things that you can do yourself and other things that you can hire professionals to do. Information has been taken from the overall Home Energy Guide to help begin your energy-saving journey. Start with “Assessing Your Home” and read on to learn of great energy- and money-saving opportunities.

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