2022 Environmental Initiative Awards

CERTs receives Environmental Initiative Award for energy efficiency work with manufactured home parks

 

The Environmental Initiative Awards celebrate people and projects working in partnership at the nexus of a healthy environment, a prosperous economy and an equitable society.

 

The Clean Energy Resource Teams are honored to receive the 2022 Energy and Climate Award from the Environmental Initiative for our work to reduce energy use and costs for manufactured home residents!

 

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2022 Energy and Climate Project Winner: Saving Energy in Manufactured Home Parks

Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) connects Minnesotans in every part of the state to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. CERTs worked with community partners in 22 manufactured home parks from 2019-2021 to reduce energy use and increase safety, comfort, and affordability for those living in manufactured housing.

Many manufactured homes use more energy than similarly sized housing of other types due to inefficiencies like poor insulation and air sealing. CERTs brought partners together for large energy efficiency events in 22 manufactured home parks, distributing energy saving devices and educational materials. The events reached 51% of units per park on average, and the entire project totaled 4,430,131,587 BTUs of energy savings.

CERTs is working to reduce Minnesotans’ energy burden to under 5% of income, and reaching manufactured home residents is key to achieving that goal. The two year project led to annual bill savings of $53,343. CERTs plans to work with 10-15 additional parks in 2022.

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