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Add a Minnesota-grown Christmas tree to your shopping list

Add a Minnesota-grown Christmas tree to your shopping list

Dec. 12 | Minnesota Christmas tree growers look forward to another great season of local, fragrant Christmas trees thanks to overall good growing conditions this year. Many tree farms are stacked with a variety of trees and were ready to open the day after...

Yes, you can save money, energy even during Old Man Winter

Yes, you can save money, energy even during Old Man Winter

Dec. 10 | CenterPoint Energy’s rebate team members share their best checklist for the holidays   CenterPoint Energy’s rebate team members, (l-r) Chekelea, Ruth, Kelly and Fianna, shares a clip-and-save low-cost/no-cost checklist to help readers save energy...

Act now to solve ice dams, prevent costly home repairs

Act now to solve ice dams, prevent costly home repairs

Nov. 28 | Homeowners can act now to help prevent ice dams and costly water damage to ceilings and walls. Ice dams can happen when there is warm air in the attic, snow on the roof, and the right weather conditions. When heat leaks into the attic, it melts the...

’Tis the season to go green

’Tis the season to go green

Nov. 26 | Tips for reducing waste, saving money during the holiday season   The holidays are coming up and we all know they can put a dent in your wallet, but have you ever thought that celebrating the holidays can take a toll on the environment? It’s true....

Plan a fall farm adventure with your family

Plan a fall farm adventure with your family

Nov. 14 | The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is encouraging families to take advantage of opportunities to visit one of Minnesota’s many farms. The popular Minnesota Grown Directory is a great resource to help families plan a farm visit. It highlights...

Health food selections in school cafeterias on the rise

Health food selections in school cafeterias on the rise

Nov. 12 | Law incentivizes schools for offering more fresh fruits and veggies   By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss Contributing Writers   Americans have done a great job making sure that our kids have something to eat at school regardless of socioeconomic...

New energy efficiency standards make refrigerators, freezers a smart buy

New energy efficiency standards make refrigerators, freezers a smart buy

Nov. 2 | It may be time to replace that old energy-hog appliance   New U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy efficiency standards for refrigerators and freezers took effect on Sept. 15, 2014. That means a new refrigerator purchased today will use about...

October 30 is National Weatherization Day

October 30 is National Weatherization Day

Nov. 1 | Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties offers free weatherization services   In recognition of National Weatherization Day on October 30, 2014, Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW)...

Utilities and the City will work together on Minneapolis’ climate action plan goals

Utilities and the City will work together on Minneapolis’ climate action plan goals

Oct. 29 | Betsy HodgesPhoto by Charles Hallman On October 17, Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City Council approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that, among other things, establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership,...

Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency

Maintain your heating system to ensure safety, efficiency

Oct. 16 | As the heating season kicks in, it is time to make sure your heating system is working properly. Heating and cooling account for about 55 percent of the energy used in a typical Minnesota home, the largest energy expense for most homes. Furnaces...