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Richfield joins intercity challenge to promote energy efficiency

Post Date:06/17/2020 1:37 PM

Richfield joins intercity challenge to promote energy efficiency

Richfield, Minn. (June 17, 2020)Minnesota’s extreme weather puts the construction and strength of its homes and buildings to the test. And while Richfield homes are known to be sturdy, if you peer beneath the walls you will likely only find scant levels of insulation. In light of this, Richfield has joined fourteen other communities to promote home energy efficiency and help residents lower their energy bills and increase home comfort.

The Intercity Home Energy Squad® Challenge was formed to challenge residents across the metro to get a home energy visit through the Home Energy Squad. The challenge will run through the end of 2020, and aims to see which community can have the most visits relative to the size of their city.

The Home Energy Squad visits will help residents learn about how their home uses energy and will identify specific energy-saving opportunities they can take to improve efficiency. Those efforts and improvements can save valuable resources and increase the comfort of one’s home, especially during the months when our homes are the most taxed by extreme heat or cold.

“This challenge is an opportunity for Richfield residents to learn more about energy efficiency and see how easy it is to implement small changes,” explained Rachel Lindholm, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Richfield. “Hopefully this will motivate people to learn more about other sustainable actions they can implement in their households!”

Right now, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Energy Squad is offering both in-person and virtual visits.  

During the free virtual visit an energy consultant will guide customers on a walk-through assessment of their homes via video chat. Residents will receive energy saving tips to start saving energy right away and recommendations for next steps that may include an in-person visit and the installation of energy saving products at a later date.

In-person visits are also being offered, with social distancing protocols in place to protect both homeowners and the Home Energy Squad staff. In-person visits allow the Home Energy Squad to do a hands-on assessment of the home, and install energy saving products on the same day.

“Richfield decided to participate in the inter-city challenge in order to get the word out about the Home Energy Squad program,” stated Celeste McDermott, Housing Specialist with the city of Richfield. “We hope this contest will help our residents learn more about the program and how it can help them save money and make their households more energy efficient.”  

To learn more about the challenge and sign up, visit https://www.mncee.org/home-energy-squad/sign-up.

About the Home Energy Squad:

The Home Energy Squad is a joint program offered by Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy to help customers reduce energy use. To qualify for a visit, you must be a Minnesota electric customer of Xcel Energy, and an Xcel Energy or CenterPoint Energy natural gas customer. Richfield residents pay $50 for an in-person visit. Complimentary visits available for households that income-qualify.

 

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