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Posted on: October 28, 2022

Make use of Minnesota Energy Programs this winter

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As winter approaches, the frightening thought of high energy bills is entering many of our minds here in Minnesota. The good news is that there are many energy-saving programs available from the City, the state, and from our local partners, which are listed below:

  • Home Energy Squad visits from CEE: Income-qualified families are eligible through this program to have an energy inspector look at your water heater, swap out inefficient light bulbs and water aerators, old thermostats, and overall, give you tips and instructions on how to save energy and money. 
  • The City of Faribault Heat Tape program: provides heat tape to most families in Faribault’s manufactured home communities free of charge. Heat tape is a type of cable hooked up to a power source that keeps a home’s pipes from freezing over during the winter. 
    • Learn more at this link, or by visiting the third floor of Faribault City Hall. 
  • Energy Assistance Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program: both programs are funded through the state of Minnesota, in partnership with Three Rivers Community Action. These programs are especially important during the frigid Minnesota winter, as many homes in Minnesota, especially mobile homes, waste a lot of energy. These programs can decrease this inefficiency and save you a lot of money on your energy bill while also helping the environment. The Weatherization Assistance program can save you up to 20-30% of your energy bill and the Energy Assistance Program can provide you an average of $500 and up to $2000 in grant money that can be used to help with appliance upgrades, energy costs, and so much more. Please check your eligibility online. Both of these services can be applied for through Three Rivers Community Action online or in person. 
    • More information can be found here.

Find all of the applications and more information about these programs at the websites and locations shared above or feel free to email me at dthorstensson@ci.faribault.mn.us and he can point you in the right direction!


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