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High efficiency condensing boilers poised to deliver big savings

The key to keeping the efficiency of a condensing boiler as high as possible throughout the heating season is to keep the system reset temperature as low as possible at all times.

Robbinsdale City Hall

Robbinsdale City Hall upgrades produce energy savings, increased comfort

Electricity bills were cut by about 20 percent for Robbinsdale City Hall and the overall comfort of the building was greatly enhanced, thanks to several energy upgrades implement several years ago.


Clearbrook City Hall and Community Center achieves energy savings, improved comfort

Electric use decreased by 19 percent and natural gas use decreased 60 percent, thanks to energy upgrades made to Clearbrook's City Hall and Community Center.


Sherburne County Government Center saves with two new condensing boilers

The Sherburne County Government Center replaced two aging inefficient boilers with two new 91 percent efficient condensing boilers The result: significant reductions in natural gas consumption and no more costly repairs to fix the old boilers.


Chisago Lakes Middle School trims gas use with new condensing boiler

Chisago Lakes Middle School has realized significant reductions in natural gas use after installing a new 93 percent efficient condensing boiler.


Lighting system upgrade helps lower Ada's electric bills

Energy upgrades in two municipal buildings are saving the City of Ada $4,500 a year in electric costs.


Lighting, heating retrofits benefit two Cottage Grove buildings

Energy upgrades to two Cottage Grove buildings - its Public Works Garage and Fire Station 2 - have resulted in improved energy efficiency and enhanced working conditions.


Lighting upgrade saves energy, improves lighting quality for Brooklyn Center Public Works Facility

The Brooklyn Center Public Works Facility has decreased electricity consumption and reduced CO2 emissions, thanks to a lighting retrofit for its facility.


Energy improvements save nearly $12,000 per year for Inver Grove Heights community center

Lighting upgrades, a new HVAC energy management system, and new variable frequency drives have contributed to energy savings for the Inver Grove Heights Veterans Memorial Community Center.


Solar PV, efficiency measures reduce Royalton City Hall electric bill

A new solar photovoltaic system and energy efficiency measures have combined to reduce Royalton City Hall’s annual electric bill by about one third.


Alexandria school gets new light fixtures, occupancy sensors

Funding from the EECBG grant program allowed Alexandria’s Discovery Middle School to upgrade its lighting system—one of several energy improvements that led to significant energy savings.


Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center gets lighting upgrades, trims electric bill

The Detroit Lakes Community & Cultural Center is saving $10,000 a year on its electric bill, thanks to 409 new light fixtures.


New condensing boiler saves big for Crosby-Ironton’s Cuyuna Elementary School

A new 93% efficient condensing boiler is providing big time savings for a Crosby-Ironton elementary school. A $52,600 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant covered about half the cost of the boiler upgrade.

Benton County

HVAC controls, new lighting yield huge energy savings for Benton County Government Center

Thanks to new fluorescent lamps and a new HVAC control system and variable frequency drives, Benton County cut its annual electrical use by 32 percent and natural gas consumption by 33 percent.

Bemidji Fire Station

Bemidji Fire Station improves comfort, cuts costs with building energy improvements

Bemidji Fire Station 1 made several energy improvements that have resulted in energy savings of $2,200 a year and a building that is more comfortable and requires less maintenance.

Big Stone Shed

Roof insulation trims propane use for Big Stone County storage building

Propane used to heat Big Stone County's Clinton Shop decreased by 46 percent after roof insulation was added to the storage building in Ortonville.

Chaska Table

Chaska City Hall cuts natural gas use by 50 percent with major HVAC upgrades

The City of Chaska made major improvements to its heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, reducing its natural gas consumption by 50 percent and achieving energy savings of $14,000 a year.


Breckenridge City Hall trims energy use by 30 percent with HVAC improvements

The City of Breckenridge used a federal stimulus grant and a utility rebate to make big HVAC improvements to its City Hall and achieve major energy savings.

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Detroit Lakes Street Maintenance Building reduces electric use with lighting retrofit

A major lighting retrofit has trimmed electric use by about 25 percent for the Detroit Lakes Street Maintenance Building.


Blue Earth County’s already-efficient buildings achieve additional energy savings 

Two Blue Earth County buildings had earned  ENERGY STAR certification, but that didn’t stop the county’s facilities staff from finding additional opportunities for energy savings.


Case Study: Itasca County Courthouse, Grand Rapids

Itasca County upgraded their energy management controls that contribute to $55,000 per year in energy savings.


Case Study: Golden Valley Lighting retrofits save city $2,500 per year in two buildings

The City of Golden Valley replaced 224 inefficient light fixtures in the 12,500 square-foot Vehicle Maintenance Building and the 15,900 square-foot Park Maintenance Building. 


Case Study: Paynesville City Hall/Police Station, Fire Hall

The City of Paynesville made much-needed upgrades to its City Hall/Police Station’s heating, air conditioning and cooling (HVAC) system.


Milan is the model for small-town energy efficiency, conservation

The City of Milan worked closely with Otter Tail Power Company and the Minnesota Department of Commerce to make its community center more energy efficient and a much more attractive and widely used venue for events.

Gaylord City Hall

Gaylord City Hall energy retrofit delivers impro ved comfort, increased productivity

An energy retrofit to Gaylord City Hall achieved not only energy efficiency and energy savings, it also provided enhanced atmosphere and comfort for the city workers and visitors who use the building the most.

Madison Lake City Hall

Little Madison Lake achieves big energy savings

EECBG-funded energy upgrades to a building serving as Madison Lake's City Hall, community center and fire station have resulted in energy cost savings and a more reliable, comfortable and attractive building.


Barnesville municipal utility aggressively pursues energy savings

The City of Barnesville partnered with its municipal utility and used EECBG funding to make energy upgrades that have cut energy use by about one-third in it "Old City Hall."


Community center is Chisago City’s ‘dream come true’  

When Chisago City purchased 70 acres of beautiful lakefront property just south of town in 2006, the acquisition presented a great opportunity. Not only did it allow Chisago City to establish Ojiketa Regional Park, it offered the chance to provide a community center long desired by the town.

Elk River Ice Rink

Energy efficiency grant enables skating rink upgrade in Elk River

Elk River, Minnesota, is proactive about energy savings. The city earned “Energy City” status in 1997 from the Minnesota Environmental Initiative, and it has been a model for efficient and renewable energy ever since.