No-cost Home Energy Squad visits continue

The City of Minneapolis is continuing to offer all residents no-cost Home Energy Squad visits and no-interest financing for energy-saving upgrades through the end of the calendar year.

Residents must sign up on or before Dec. 31 to guarantee no-cost participation in the program. The city will pay for a homeowner’s or renter’s participation in 2019 if he or she signs up by Dec. 31.

As part of a visit, an energy consultant visits installs certain energy efficient appliances, such as LED light bulbs, and checks certain aspects of a person’s home, such as the insulation. If a home needs any insulation or air sealing, the crew will provide a quote for the recommended work and connect the homeowner to a contractor that will honor the quote.

The Home Energy Squad program is provided by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy. The City of Minneapolis uses funding from its franchise fee to buy down the cost of the program to make it free for residents.

Visit mncee.org/home-energy-squad/minneapolis/ to learn more about the program or sign up. Call 651-328-6220 to schedule a visit.

Clarification: A previous version of this story inaccurately stated how the Home Energy Squad program is funded. It has been updated.