4/29/2019 11:14:18 AM
As Minnesota and the nation recognize April as Financial Capability Month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce would like to remind Minnesotans that one of the best ways to save money is by saving energy.
There are many basic no- and low-cost measures you can take to reduce energy use, cut your utility bills, and put more money in your pocket. Here are a few energy- and money-saving opportunities:
Simple behavior changes such as turning off lights, air drying clothes outdoors, and setting your hot water heater at 120 degrees don’t cost you anything. But applied together, they can shrink your utility bills and grow your bank account over time.
Long-term savings can be achieved when, for instance, you replace an old energy-hog refrigerator with a new high-efficiency model. The new refrigerator will likely pay for itself in 7-8 years via energy savings, and you will enjoy additional energy savings for the life of your appliance. Likewise, a properly installed and operated programmable thermostat will pay for itself in as little as one year with energy savings.
For more energy-saving tips, check out the Minnesota Department of Commerce Home Energy Guide or the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver Guide.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-657-3710 with energy questions.