MN Energy Smart


Energy Efficiency Day in Dinkytown

In partnership with students from the University of Minnesota, Energy Smart hosted a special event on April 30, 2010 to recognize 42 businesses in Minneapolis’s Dinkytown community that had committed to lowering their energy use. In the weeks leading up to the event, all 42 businesses received an Energy Smart site visit to identify energy-saving opportunities, from replacing inefficient lights to installing low-flow faucet aerators to enabling sleep mode settings on office computers. Energy Smart also helped arrange audits for some of the businesses and get information on utility rebates and other financial incentives. (See the list of participating businesses below.)

On April 30, shoppers in Dinkytown then supported these local businesses and learned more about the value of energy-efficient communities.

Energy Smart knows of five businesses that made upgrades and are saving money through energy efficiency today as a result of the Dinkytown community focus.

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Participating Dinkytown Businesses:

  • Autographics Copy & Print Shop
  • Blarney Pub & Grill
  • Blue Serge Alterations
  • Burrito Loco Bar & Grill
  • The Book House
- Camdi Restaurant
  • Cliques Beauty & Barber
  • Cummings Books
- Downtime Bar & Grill
  • Duffy’s Pizza
- Espresso Royale (Dinkytown)
  • Everyday People Clothing Exchange
  • Fast Eddie’s Shoe Repair
  • Gold Country Campus Apparel
  • HairColorExperts
  • Hair Shaft
  • House of Hanson
  • Jerry Raskin’s Needle Doctor
  • Kafe 421
  • The Library Bar
  • Loring Pasta Bar
  • Magus Book & Herbs
  • McDonald’s (Dinkytown)
  • Mesa Pizza
  • Miles Property Group
  • Milo’s on Fourth
  • Mindstate Distribution
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works (Dinkytown)
  • The Purple Onion Café
  • The Refinery Day Spa
  • SaraCura
  • Sherlox Parlour
  • Soccer Café (Coffee Shop & Mediterranean Buffet)
  • Subway (Dinkytown)
  • Tony’s Diner
  • Underground Printing
  • U.S. Bank (Dinkytown branch)
  • Varsity Bike & Transit
  • Varsity Theater
  • Vescio’s Cucina
  • Wally’s Falafel & Hummus