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09/10/2013
Excerpt: In the lunchroom of the Red Wing fire station, a couple of firefighters kicked back on lounge chairs, watching “The Andy Griffith Show” on a small television mounted near the ceiling. On the roof, a six-month-old, 17-kilowatt solar array turned sunlight into electricity, some...
09/10/2013
Excerpt: After the Ham Lake Fire torched more than 100 buildings along the Gunflint Trail in 2007, Cook County residents looked differently at the lush pine forest surrounding their homes. All those beautiful trees posed a very real wildfire hazard. So homeowners began thinning thousands of trees...
08/29/2013
Excerpt: Royalton has just 1,242 residents but some big ambitions when it comes to saving energy. The small city about 20 miles north of St. Cloud is reaping savings from solar panels installed on the roof of City Hall about three years ago. The city also switched its traffic signal to long-...
08/01/2013
HACKENSACK — Central Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) and Northwest CERT are sponsoring clean energy tour of Deep Portage Learning Center in Hackensack from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The tour will feature Deep Portage’s energy efficiency, solar, wind, and biomass projects. To register for...
08/01/2013
Question: How can I save money on my lighting bill? Answer: Lighting a typical Minnesota home accounts for about 10 percent of the energy needed to power one’s home. One of the best ways to reduce your electricity bill is to replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR-labeled...
07/13/2013
Restaurants and others with commercial kitchens use more energy per square foot than any other commercial business or organization. Some of that energy heats water for washing hands and cleaning dishes. Specifically, pre-rinse spray valves clean off food waste before dishes go into a washing...
07/11/2013
Restaurants and others with commercial kitchens use more energy per square foot than any other commercial business. Some of that energy is used to heat water for cleaning dishes and washing hands in busy kitchens. Not a restaurant owner? Be a good patron to your favorite restaurants and let them...
07/10/2013
Restaurants and others with commercial kitchens use more energy per square foot than any other commercial business. Some of that energy is used to heat water for cleaning dishes and washing hands in busy kitchens. Not a restaurant owner? Be a good patron to your favorite restaurants and let them...
07/10/2013
Hopkins was recently recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City at the League of Minnesota 2013 Annual Conference June 20 in St. Paul. Minnesota GreenStep Cities is a challenge, assistance and recognition program, and as one of 56 participating cities, Hopkins is helping to lead the way in...
07/09/2013
HIBBING — A pilot program to promote energy efficiency projects at commercial locations is still ongoing in Hibbing. The Business Energy Retrofit Program was first piloted in Hibbing last year after the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA) received $250,000 from the Iron Range Resources...

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