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Metro CERTs

Metro CERTs

Many Twin Cities neighborhood groups, community organizations and other metro-area residents are currently engaged in local clean energy efforts. The Metro CERT network helps connect, provide support for, and increase the effectiveness of these local efforts in conducting community energy projects. http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/regions/metro

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Member Contributions
  • 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.

    210 Members
  • Flip the Switch

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    207 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.

    191 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.

    175 Members
  • Wash 'em Cold

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    155 Members
  • Drive to the Limit

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    25 Members
  • Ditch the Car

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    18 Members
  • Five is Just Fine

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

    Take five minute showers for squeaky-clean energy savings.

    15 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

    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.

    13 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.

    13 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.

    12 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.

    11 Members
  • Get With the Program

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 2

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

    11 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.

    11 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

    10 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.

    10 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.

    9 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.

    8 Members
  • Try Composting

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 3

    Give composting a whirl and turn waste into dirt.

    7 Members
  • Compost Like Crazy!

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 3

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

    6 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.

    6 Members
  • Batts in the Attic

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 4

    Insulate your attic for big energy savings and comfort gains.

    6 Members
  • Recycle it All

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    6 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.

    6 Members
  • Compost Year Round

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 3

    Composting is fun every day of the year!

    5 Members
  • Hung Out to Dry

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 2

    Get some cheap solar power and dry your clothes outside!

    5 Members
  • Put a Damper On It

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    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
  • You Have the Power

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    3 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
  • 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.

    3 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!

    2 Members
  • Host a Presentation

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    2 Members
  • Start a Team

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Create your own team and see how much you can save together.

    2 Members
  • How Do You Measure Up?

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Calculate your home's carbon footprint to better understand your savings potential.

    2 Members
  • Be an Energy Detective!

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Suspiciously high electricity bills? Use a plug meter to measure individual electronics and find the offending energy hog.

    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
  • Upgrade Your Furnace

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 5

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

    1 Member
  • Upgrade Your Central A/C

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 5 Expense: Expense: 4

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

    1 Member
  • Upgrade Your Fridge

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 4 Expense: Expense: 4

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

    1 Member
  • Out with the Old

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

    Get rid of the beer fridge for serious savings!

    1 Member
  • Fine Tune It: Furnace

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 3

    Cars get tune-ups every few thousand miles - your furnace needs a tune up every fall.

    1 Member
  • Spread the Word

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 1 Expense: Expense: 1

    Tell a friend about the Energy Challenge!

    1 Member
  • Wrap It

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1

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

    1 Member
  • Bring the Challenge to School

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

    Promote the Energy Challenge at your school to build your team and save energy.

    1 Member
  • Bring the Challenge to Work

    Difficulty: Difficulty: 3 Expense: Expense: 1

    Promote your work's Challenge team and help your coworkers save money in their homes.

    1 Member

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