Mayor Coleman Encourages Residents to Help

Mayor Coleman Encourages Residents to Help Create a More Sustainable Saint Paul

Through neighborhood workshops and a Home Energy Squad visit, residents have saved an average of $190 annually on energy costs

SAINT PAUL – This Saturday morning, Mayor Chris Coleman is encouraging residents to attend a home energy workshop at Central High School Auditorium, which is cosponsored by the Neighborhood Energy Connection and The Green Institute. The workshops provide residents with tips on how to save energy at home, and as a result, save money.

“These workshops provide residents with easy tips to save money. By insulating their homes and replacing old lights, our residents will lower their monthly bills and decrease energy usage in Saint Paul,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This is one more way we are improving building efficiency, reducing energy costs and protecting our environment while solidifying Saint Paul as a national leader in environmental sustainability.”

The workshop is free, and people who attend will qualify for $400 in insulation and heating rebates. They will also have an opportunity to sign up for a visit from the Home Energy Squad at a reduced rate of $30.

Over 2,550 people throughout Saint Paul have been visited by the Home Energy Squads. This program, offered through a joint effort of Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, has resulted in nearly $500,000 combined savings for Saint Paul residents. The Home Energy Squads perform simple energy saving measures like installing weather stripping, water heater blankets, programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs and water saving showerheads and aerators. These materials are installed at no additional cost.

These efforts will save residents an average of $190 annually per house.

People can also request a complete home energy audit by Xcel Energy, including a “blower door test”, an infrared scan and a home report which provide recommendations on other energy saving measures.

For those who are unable to attend this Saturday, the Neighborhood Energy Connection is offering workshops on these dates:

  • Saturday, October 16, 10 AM, Central High School Auditorium, 275 Lexington Avenue
  • Thursday, October 21, 6:30 PM, West Seventh Neighborhood, West 7th Library, 265 Oneida St.
  • Thursday, October 28, 6:30 PM, St. Anthony Park, 1605 Eustis
  • Thursday, November 4, 7:00 PM, Mac-Groveland, Edgecumbe Rec Center, 320 Griggs Street
  • Wednesday, November 10, 6:30 PM, Greater East Side, Epworth United Methodist Church, 1961 Sherwood Avenue, Saint Paul
  • Monday, November 15, 6:30 PM, Highland Park, 1978 Ford Parkway
  • Thursday, December 2, 7:00 PM, Summit Hill, Linwood Rec Center, 860 St. Clair Avenue

The Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) is a 25 year old Saint Paul-based nonprofit organization that provides energy conservation information, services and programs to residents and communities across Minnesota.