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Center For Energy and Environment

Center For Energy and Environment

The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the responsible use of natural and economic resources. Distinctive among nonprofits, CEE is staffed by experts in engineering, technical analysis and financing, who apply innovative technical approaches and proven business processes to increase building efficiency, reduce energy costs and ultimately improve occupants’ health and safety. Visit CEE at www.mncee.org

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  • Flip the Switch

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use to stop costly electricity leaks.

    54 Members
  • Do the Twist

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 2

    Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs that use 75% less electricity and last 7-10 times longer.

    53 Members
  • Ditch the Car

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

    Combine trips, walk or bike for some extra exercise and energy savings.

    39 Members
  • Drive to the Limit

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Drive to the speed limit and maintain tire pressure for easy gas savings.

    36 Members
  • Wash 'em Cold

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Wash clothes in cold water to save money and preserve your clothing.

    33 Members
  • Get With the Program

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 2

    Program your thermostat for smart heating and cooling (and lower bills)

    29 Members
  • Five is Just Fine

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Take five minute showers for squeaky-clean energy savings.

    29 Members
  • Two Degrees of Savings: Heat

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Turn your thermostat down just two degrees in the winter to stay comfortable and save money.

    27 Members
  • Take a Load Off

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Sign up for your utility’s air conditioning load control program and stop worrying about A/C costs.

    25 Members
  • Don't Get Burned by Hot Water

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Turn your water heater dial to 120° to keep your energy bills low and your family safe.

    24 Members
  • Get on the Bus

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 2

    Leave your car at home and take the bus once a week for work, school or errands.

    23 Members
  • Keep in the Cold: Window A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Close doors and windows to give your room A/C a break.

    22 Members
  • Thank Your Fans: Central A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Use fans instead of your central A/C on cool summer nights.

    21 Members
  • Go with the Flow

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 2

    Install a high efficiency showerhead for effortless savings that don’t impact your comfort

    19 Members
  • Keep in the Cold: Central A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Close windows and doors to give your central A/C a break during the summer

    18 Members
  • Two Degrees of Savings: A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Turn your central air conditioning up just two degrees to stay comfortable and save money.

    15 Members
  • Thank Your Fans: Window A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Use fans instead of your window A/C on cool summer nights.

    14 Members
  • Give Recycling a Try

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Recycle the basics – newspapers bottles and cans – to reduce your home’s environmental impact and keep usable materials out of landfills.

    14 Members
  • Harness the Power of Wind

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 3

    Buy green power from your utility and cut back on your coal habit.

    12 Members
  • Seal Attic Bypasses

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 3

    Seal attic air leaks allowing heated air to escape from your house into the attic and wreak havoc.

    9 Members
  • Recycle it All

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 1

    Recycle like crazy at home and look for items in recyclable packaging.

    8 Members
  • Try Composting

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 3

    Give composting a whirl and turn waste into dirt.

    7 Members
  • Out with the Old

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

    Get rid of the beer fridge for serious savings!

    7 Members
  • Batts in the Attic

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 4

    Insulate your attic for big energy savings and comfort gains.

    6 Members
  • Put a Damper On It

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Close your fireplace damper to prevent heated air from escaping your home

    5 Members
  • Upgrade Your Furnace

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 5

    Replace your 20+ year old furnace with a shiny new efficient unit.

    5 Members
  • Recycle Like Crazy

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 1

    Reach the pinnacle of recycling by never, ever throwing away a recyclable item, whether at home or out and about.

    5 Members
  • Deck the Halls with LEDs

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Use LED holiday lights to light up your winter celebrations without lighting up your utility bills.

    5 Members
  • You Have the Power

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Set your computer's power management settings for maximum savings.

    4 Members
  • Upgrade Your Water Heater

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 5

    Replace your 15+ year old water heater with a shiny new efficient unit.

    4 Members
  • Upgrade Your Fridge

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 4

    Replace your 15+ year old fridge with a shiny new efficient unit.

    4 Members
  • Cozy Up Your Home

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 5

    Insulate your walls to improve your comfort and reduce energy waste - it's like putting a sweater on your home!

    4 Members
  • Spread the Word

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Tell a friend about the Energy Challenge!

    4 Members
  • Wrap It

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Use plastic window kits to keep your home nice and cozy in the winter.

    4 Members
  • Upgrade to an Efficient Vehicle

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 5

    Replace your older inefficient vehicle with a car that gets at least 30 miles per gallon.

    3 Members
  • Get a Rebate

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Looking at new energy efficient equipment? Get a rebate from your utility and save some money!

    3 Members
  • Hung Out to Dry

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 2

    Get some cheap solar power and dry your clothes outside!

    3 Members
  • Compost Year Round

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 3

    Composting is fun every day of the year!

    2 Members
  • Upgrade Your Window A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 3

    Replace your 15+ year old window A/C with a shiny new efficient unit.

    2 Members
  • Upgrade Your Central A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 4

    Replace your older central air conditioner and treat yourself to savings.

    2 Members
  • Color in the Savings

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Print out our free Energy Challenge coloring sheets to show off your knowledge and art skills at the same time.

    2 Members
  • Compost Like Crazy!

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 3

    In addition to composting at home, seek out composting in your community, too!

    1 Member
  • Upgrade Your Boiler

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 5

    Replace your 20+ year old boiler with a shiny new efficient unit.

    1 Member
  • Host a Presentation

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Host a free Energy Challenge presentation at your business, school, congregation or neighborhood.

    1 Member
  • Harness the Power of Solar

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 4

    Purchase community solar power for your congregation and start cutting down on your carbon footprint.

    1 Member

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