|A news article from the Star Tribune details how other states in the country can emulate the guidelines set up by the state of Minnesota with regards to cutting carbon emissions:
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules, ultimately to be drafted by states, requiring investments in energy efficiency and renewable and lower-carbon energy such as natural gas — policies that have been in place in Minnesota for years…
Xcel Energy, the state’s largest utility with 1.2 million electric customers, said it has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 20 percent since 2005, and is on track to reduce them 31 percent by 2020. Over the past decade, the utility has closed some coal plants, shifted generation to natural gas, including units in St. Paul, Minneapolis and Burnsville, and invested in renewable energy, especially wind.”
Since the passing of the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, the state of Minnesota continues to do its part in effectively reducing its carbon footprint by 15% come 2015. Moreover, the united efforts of the different utility providers in cooperating with the state, also seem to reflect on the residents who utilize their energy sources. All three utility companies offer cashback programs to homeowners and property owners, as part of their action plans to moderate and minimize dependence on coal, a well-known carbon producer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that heating and cooling roughly make up 56% of energy utilized in an average American home. This alone should urge homeowners to carefully choose air conditioner models that help them save on their bills and receive more benefits in the long run.
One of the most popular ways residents can get rebates is by installing newer, more energy-efficient Woodbury, MN HVAC systems. Xcel Energy, an electric utility provider within the state, can offer residents up to $450 of cash rebates when they acquire models that comply with or exceed the recommended standards, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER).
To begin their part in conserving energy while keeping expenses low and improving home comfort, residents can seek help from Woodbury, MN air conditioning experts for recommendations on equipment with higher SEER and EER. These technicians are intimately familiar with the energy standards and can advise them that the higher value means better performance and more savings, sooner or later. In addition, they can suggest and supply models that meet or surpass EPA standards to ensure that what they’re getting is truly environmentally responsible.
(Source: Feds point to Minnesota as example of how to cut greenhouse gases, Star Tribune, 3 June 2014)
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