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CES Testimonial: A Worry-Free Winter

“A big THANKS is in order. We just replaced our ancient boiler with a new 95%+ efficient boiler/water heater system. We could do this ONLY because LHP&L [Linden Hills Power & Light] got us hooked up with CEE’s Community Energy Services program. With their help we got a loan and are eligible for multiple rebates/tax credit, so we could afford to replace it! No more worrying if that old thing will make it through the winter. Yea!  Thanks again. See our lawn sign below.”

Thank you Deb. P in Linden Hills for the wonderful shout-out and showing off your awesome CES lawn sign!  Keep up the good work and enjoy a warm and efficient winter.


Mayor Rybak Attends 2,000th CES home visit

From “The Mayor Blog”:

As great as it was to participate in the 2,000th home energy audit since the program began last year in 28 pilot neighborhoods, we also announced today that the program will be soon available citywide and will serve 4,000 more households. So if you’ve taken advantage of Community Energy Services already, congratulations; if you’re in a neighborhood that’s currently eligible, don’t wait any longer; and if you live in another neighborhood, contact your neighborhood organization today and encourage them to sign up for Community Energy Services today so that you can start taking advantage of it.

Thank you, Mayor Rybak, for blogging about our program!

Our 2,000th Visit!

Minneapolis celebrated yet another milestone in converting federal stimulus dollars into real savings for its residents with the completion of the 2000th home energy savings visit on Thursday, Oct. 14. Mayor R.T. Rybak, Council Member John Quincy (Ward 11), and representatives from the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) celebrated the milestone at the home of Mike and Breanne Rothstein, homeowners who took advantage of the Community Energy Services program, a collaboration with the City and Center for Energy and CEE.

The program puts Minneapolis homeowners on a comprehensive path to achieving energy savings and is funded, in part, by a grant of $705,000 the City received from the Department of Energy through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A pilot program was launched in 2009 in 28 neighborhoods and 2,000 houses. The grant allows for the expansion of this program to all neighborhoods in Minneapolis and to conduct energy audits of 6,000 homes. This program translates to an energy savings of $762,000 annually, a CO2 emissions reduction of more than 5,000 tons per year, and 34 new jobs.

:: City of Minneapolis

New CES website!

Community Energy Services has a new website!  Visit to see eligible neighborhoods, check the calendar of upcoming workshops, download your registration form and see the incentives and rebates available to CES participants!

:: Community Energy Services

Southwest Journal Article on CES

“They were good,” Siegel said of Prebich and Shannon. “They were really professional and easy to have in the house. I’ll do everything they’ve told me. It was great to hear I was doing well because I’m sort of competitive.”

And Siegel echoed Reinan’s sentiment about the program.

“There’s no reason for anybody not do it,” she said frankly.

Check out this great profile of two Minneapolis homeowners who took advantage of the Community Energy Services program to reduce their utility bills and save energy in their homes.

:: Southwest Journal

Community Energy Services Has Expanded!

We are proud to now be offering Community Energy Services in the neighborhoods of Bryn Mawr, Corcoran, Cedar Riverside, Linden Hills, Marcy Holmes, PPERRIA, SE Como, Univeristy and Waite Park. For more information on how you can benefit contact Ashley Robertson at 612-335-5869 or

CES: What’s the Catch?

So, let me get this straight.  I’ll get as many compact fluorescent light bulbs as I need, a programmable thermostat, pipe wrap, a power strip, a low-flow showerhead, a blower door test for my home, get all my materials installed for me by two qualified professionals who will also identify my home’s unique energy opportunities and help connect me with financing and contractors…all for $20…what’s the catch?

I know, I know.  It seems like too much to be true.  After all, just a plain energy audit without any materials costs at least $30 – and that’s without the blower door!  But here’s the truth – WE ARE A NONPROFIT.  The Center for Energy and Environment, the NONPROFIT who is administering the CES program in Minneapolis, has had the mission of reducing energy use in all building types across the state for the past thirty years.  We eat, sleep, breath energy efficiency.  We spend the vast majority of our time thinking about ways that we can help people save!  And Community Energy Services is just the best way.  Don’t miss out!