Find news releases related to efficiency and clean energy, utility regulation, and energy assistance and weatherization programs. News releases date five years back. After five years, releases will automatically drop off of this page.
15, 2014 - New U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers took effect on Sept. 15, 2014. That means a new refrigerator purchased today will use about 25 percent less energy than most common refrigerator types.
13, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN—As the heating season kicks in, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) encourage Minnesotans to contact their utilities now to learn more about the Cold Weather Rule protection to keep homes heated all winter long, and avoid disconnection.
06, 2014 - As the heating season kicks in, it is time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home, the largest energy expense for most homes.
26, 2014 - ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Commerce today announced that the State of Minnesota has taken formal steps to terminate all contracts with Community Action of Minneapolis.
15, 2014 - Minnesotans know that our home’s heating system is vital to our health, safety, and comfort, and is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in our home. Most U.S. homes are heated by a furnace or boiler.
02, 2014 - Back to school signals the end of summer and the Minnesota Department of Commerce urges Minnesotans who rely on propane to heat their homes, especially those with lower incomes, to start now and plan ahead to avoid the pitfalls of last year’s propane crisis, when prices spiked.
01, 2014 - Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lower your home’s cooling costs.
24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Minnesota consumers now have a new energy efficiency home improvement loan program that allows more people to access low-interest, unsecured loans and make important energy efficiency upgrades, thanks to a partnership of the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.
07, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN — As we enter the hot days of summer with temperatures over 90 degrees, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources reminds consumers of some simple no-cost or low-cost energy-saving tips to help keep cool, conserve energy, and reduce utility bills.