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Top Ten Tips to Stay Warm, Save Energy, and Reduce Utility Bills

Posted at: 11/26/2013 6:10 PM
Updated at: 11/27/2013 11:16 AM
By: Minnesota Department of Commerce



As the temperature drops, there are some basic steps that all of us can take to save energy, reduce our utility bills, and keep our homes safe this winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.

"As heating systems crank up and we feel those cool drafts seeping through doors and windows, there are some basic measures to keep the warm air in and our heating bills down," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "Simple no-cost and low-cost steps can save lots of energy and prevent costly repairs."

The Commerce Department is committed to helping Minnesotans make informed decisions about energy use. Please consider the following energy-saving tips:

These energy-saving tips were collected from several sources, including the DOE energy saver website. For more information on energy efficiency and energy conservation, visit the Division of Energy Resources (DER) website and check out two energy guides: "Home Envelope" and "Appliances, Lighting, Electronics."

DER recommends advanced energy audits of homes to diagnose the best ways to save energy. Audits can be facilitated through your electric or gas utility, the Minnesota Building Performance Association, or nonprofit energy groups.