Efficiency and Conservation
The actions that are best for the planet are also best for our pocketbooks. Improving the efficiency of your home is often the most cost-effective way to save money on energy.
Do it yourself
Check out CUB’s energy efficiency tips for all seasons.
Rebates and discounts
Under Minnesota’s Conservation Improvement Program law, all of Minnesota’s electric and natural gas utilities offer programs to help their customers save energy and money — such as free or discounted energy audits and rebates on air sealing, insulation, and efficient appliances.
Select your utility here to find out what rebates and deals are available to you:
(Note that conservation programs for business customers are sometimes on a separate website.)
Households under 50 percent of the state median income can apply for the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program.
Home Energy Audit
For a more in-depth review of energy efficiency measures needed in your home, check out home energy audit options throughout Minnesota.
Discounted rate options
Many energy utilities offer programs with discounted rates. For example, you may be able to get a lower rate if you allow the utility to turn off your air conditioner or water heater for short periods. If you have an electric vehicle, you can get a lower rate for charging it overnight, when there is less demand on the grid. Contact your utility to learn if you’re eligible for discounted rates.
Discounts are also available for telephone service for people who meet income qualifications. Determine if you’re eligible for the Lifeline or Telephone Assistance Plan discount programs, and locate landline or wireless companies that offer the Lifeline discounts.
Households that meet income guidelines can apply for the state’s Energy Assistance Program to help pay for home heating and furnace repair costs.