Community focus initiatives are a key element of Energy Smart program outreach. In 2010, for instance, Energy Smart coordinated Community Focus efforts in six communities: Stillwater, St. Paul’s East Side, Oak Park Heights, Dinkytown, Northfield and the north metro Twin Cities suburbs. In 2011, Energy Smart is partnering with over 10 communities to help businesses taken advantage of energy efficiency opportunities. These efforts have led to more than 500 businesses receiving Energy Smart on-site consultations.
Businesses visited are taking steps to lower their energy use and getting utility rebates and local grants. More than 120 lighting and energy audits have been conducted and more than 75 energy upgrades have been made as a result of these efforts. Energy Smart estimates that the small businesses (less than 10 employees) that have made upgrades, are saving $500 to $1000 on annual energy costs.
Learn more about specific Community Focus initiatives by clicking the links below.