Make Your Edina Home Energy Efficient
Within Edina, 29% of residents live with a high energy burden, where at least 6% of their income is used for electricity bills. Incorporating more energy-efficient practices and tools in your home can help you save money and meet the City’s energy reduction goals.
|Strategy BE1||Improve total communitywide residential, commercial, educational and industrial building energy efficiency by 15% for electricity and 15% for natural gas by 2030.|
|Strategy BE2||Increase adoption of high-performance building construction technology, achieving 5% Net Zero households and 1% Net Zero commercial properties communitywide by 2030.|
|Strategy BE3||Reduce share of population living in high energy poverty from 29% to 12% by 2030.|
|Strategy BE5||Increase renewable energy (distributed and purchased) from 1.6% to 17% of citywide residential and commercial electric use by 2030.|
Ways to Make Your Home Energy Efficient
1. Schedule a Home Energy Squad Visit
Provided by Xcel Energy and coordinated by the Center for Energy and Environment, the Home Energy Squad offers energy-saving opportunities to your home. A two-person team visits and completes tasks such as insulation inspection, test for air leaks, replace inefficient light bulbs, and more!
The City of Edina offers a 50% discount on all visits, so your visit is only $50 (normally $100)! For income-qualified households (<$100,000/year) your visit is free! To sign up for your Home Energy Squad and learn more, visit Xcel Energy’s website or call 651-328-6220.
In 2016, Edina became a Partners in Energy community through the creation of the Electricity Action Plan. Partners in Energy is a program that supports City’s energy goals and helps residents and businesses reduce their utility bills and carbon footprint.
2. Multi-Family Building Efficiency Program
If you live in an apartment building with five or more units, encourage your property manager to sign up for a free building energy audit from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy
3. Renewable Energy
- Renew your energy sources by subscribing to Windsource through Xcel Energy or subscribe to a Community Solar Garden
- Enroll in Xcel Energy’s Renewable*Connect program to discover affordable and clean wind and solar energy at your home
- Get Residential Solar Financing assistance from the Center for Energy and Environment
- Apply for Renewable Energy Tax Credits for fuel cells, small wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
4. Utility Bill Support
- Energy Assistance: if you need help paying electricity bills or weatherizing your home you may qualify for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and/or Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). For details, visit the Minnesota Commerce Department website
- Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County: Energy and water bill assistance
- Citizens Utility Board: How to avoid utility disconnection
5. Additional Resources
- The Home Energy Guide (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Commerce provides practical tips to decrease energy use and achieve energy efficiency
- Xcel Energy programs and rebates
- CenterPoint Energy programs and rebates