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IN THIS ISSUE
• Adventure Inn takes steps to save energy
• Energy Smart celebrates one-year anniversary with money-saving tips
• Sign up for stimulus updates from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security
UPCOMING ENERGY EFFICIENCY EVENTS IN THE MIDWEST
Energy Smart Webinar: Low Cost and No Cost Opportunities for Saving Money Through Energy Efficiency
Whittier Alliance Green Fair
E3: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Economic and Environmental Conference
MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce Green Business Expo
For information about upcoming Energy Smart events, please visit our events page.
Use LED holiday lights in place of incandescent holiday lights. According to Energy Star, LED decorative light strings use 75 percent less energy than standard strings. Some utilities may offer coupons or rebates.
The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce switched to LED lights for its City of Lights celebration and saved $3000 in one year.
For more information on LED decorative light strings, please visit our Energy Smart Tip Page.
For more money-saving ideas, register for the December 15 Energy Smart webinar.
To learn more about your utility’s Conservation Improvement Program, click the applicable link below. If you do not see your utility listed, contact Energy Smart at (651) 292-4653 and we will assist you.
Interstate Power and Light
Otter Tail Power
Adventure Inn takes steps to save energy
ELY – Adventure Inn has taken many steps to lower its energy costs.
The inn already uses compact fluorescent bulbs in every guest room and switches office lights off when they are not needed. Down comforters keep guests comfortable even when the temperature is set to 66 degrees during the winter.
An efficient front-loading washing machine using a special detergent allows the inn to use the warm/cold wash setting instead of hot water, saving laundry energy costs. In August, the inn removed its vending machine, helping to save as much as $225 per year from a machine that was rarely used. Removing this machine was a recommendation made during an Energy Smart site visit.
“We have definitely seen an impact on our bottom line from these changes,” said Sue Edgington of Adventure Inn. She spoke over the sounds of hammering as Mark, her husband and business partner, installed an Energy Star window in her office. “Mark is the money man, and every investment has to recoup costs.”
Adventure Inn will consider energy efficiency as part of its future building plans. “As a former dairy farmer, conservation is a part of my background – it has always been a way of life for us. We are always looking for new ways to save energy.”
Contact Energy Smartat any time to learn more about rebates available for your business’s energy efficiency projects.
Energy Smart celebrates one-year anniversary with money-saving tips
Energy Smart celebrated its first year of successful business assistance in October 2009.
To mark the anniversary, Energy Smart posted a month of energy and money-saving tips to help businesses get started right away. Check out the tip library, or visit Energy Smart’s Twitter account to read more.
For more information about any of these tips or other cost-saving strategies, Energy Smart is available via phone at (651) 292-4652, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via its Web site at http://www.mnenergysmart.com.
Sign up for stimulus updates from the Minnesota Office of Energy Security
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Office of Energy Security sends out regular updates about energy-related programs and projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Sign up to receive updatesabout stimulus funding opportunities and program development via e-mail from the Office of Energy Security.
Contact Energy Smart at any time to learn more about rebates or financial incentives available for energy efficient projects in your area.
For more news about Energy Smart and the success of Minnesota businesses, visit our news coverage page.