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Minnesota Commerce Department is go-to source on energy efficiency

10/17/2017 12:26:42 PM

SAINT PAUL - Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed October as Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota to highlight both the importance of energy in nearly every aspect of our daily lives and the benefits of using energy more efficiently to save money and reduce pollution.

For Minnesotans who are interested in making energy-related improvements to their home or business, the Minnesota Department of Commerce is here to help. Whether you need a straight answer to an energy question or help identifying energy scams, Commerce can be an objective source for you to make informed decisions.

Commerce has several resources that can assist you to make good energy choices. 

/commerce/consumers/your-home/energy-info/index.jspThe Energy Information Center responds to a wide range of energy questions. The center is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at, 800-657-3710 or 651-539-1886. 

Commerce offers a Home Energy Guide that can be downloaded or viewed in a condensed version on the Commerce website. The 67-page guide provides a wide range of information, from simple energy-saving tasks to more substantial energy upgrades, to help consumers keep their homes comfortable, safe and energy efficient. 

Also /commerce/consumers/your-home/energy-info/efficiency/index.jspcheck out the Home Energy Efficiency webpage that can guide you to creating a more energy-efficient home, including a section on /commerce/consumers/your-home/energy-info/solar/index.jsphow to power your home with solar energy. Commerce publishes Minnesota Energy Tips twice a month and coordinates the Energy Exhibit at the State Fair’s Eco Experience each year, offering fairgoers a chance to raise their energy IQs. 

Commerce also administers programs to help low-income Minnesotans make energy-efficient home improvements (/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/weatherization/index.jspWeatherization Assistance Program) and pay their winter heating bills (/commerce/eap.jspEnergy Assistance Program). 

Minnesota Energy Tips is provided twice a month by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. Contact the division’s Energy Information Center at or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.



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