Energy Efficiency












When one uses their energy use in an

efficient way, one uses less energy to perform

the same task or produce the same result.

Energy efficient buildings use less energy to

cool, heat, and run appliances and electronics.

Energy efficiency harnesses technology to

mitigate or reduce energy waste so you can

still do everything you usually do- just using

less energy. 




Energy conservation, on the other hand, relies on people cutting back on activities that consume energy that could be avoided. Examples include turning off the lights when leaving a room, unplugging appliances when not in use, tweaking TV settings, turning off electronics, or adjusting temperature settings.

The goal of energy efficiency and energy conservation

is mutual- to reduce energy consumption.

There is a myriad of ways that one can go about being

more mindful about conserving and using energy in their

home and everyday life. To get started, tackle the

low-hanging fruit first, and start small!












Image Credit: Minnesota Power

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Energy Efficiency Resources

Home Energy Guides

Center for Energy & Environment video

Check out these informative guides from Clean Energy Resource Teams, the Department of Energy & the Minnesota Commerce Department of Energy Resources!

Using energy in a more efficient manner is one of the quickest, most cost-effective ways to 1. Save money on your bills!

2. Create new jobs

3. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

4. Meet the growing energy demand

5. Relieve stress on the power grid and create a more resilient power grid

6. Better for the planet by reducing air and water pollution

MN Dept of Commerce Episode 2: What is Energy Efficiency? Video

Paid for in part by funding from the UMN Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.