Energy efficiency and less-polluting technologies for generating electricity further the mission of pollution prevention. Annual chemical-release data collected from Minnesota industry show that significant pollution results from the production and use of energy, including release of nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, hydrogen fluoride, barium, chromium, and mercury. The MPCA partners with industry, universities, non-profits, and other units of government to decrease pollution resulting from our production and use of energy through two primary approaches: energy efficiency and P2 energy generation technologies.
The agency coordinates with the Minnesota Department of Commerce Energy Office, which is responsible for state energy information, planning and policy. Working together, we leverage resources to help achieve the energy reliability, economic viability, and environmental benefits needed for the state.
How does my household's use of electricity compare?
Add up your past 12 months of electric usage in kilowatts hours (kWh) and divide by 12 – then compare this to the average Minnesota household's usage.
My household _________ kWh
Minnesota average: 700 kWh
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new Web site that allows you to estimate your household's contribution to emissions from electricity generation. Visit the EPA's Clean Energy Power Profiler Web page.
Choose energy efficiency
It may not seem like using a different kind of light bulb or using cold water instead of hot water will do much good, but with these easy ways to save energy, you'll notice a difference - and make a difference! In addition to the tips on the heating and cooling and water pages, you can reduce your electricity use by:
- Using compact fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs.
- Purchasing and using energy-efficient, small appliances.
- Washing laundry with cold water and line drying your clothes.
- Eliminating standby electricity used by electronics.
Suggested resources for getting started
Energy Savers | U.S. Department of Energy
Learn ways to save energy and use clean, renewable technologies at home, while driving, and at work.
Minnesota Energy Challenge | Center for Energy and Environment
This website will help you calculate your carbon footprint and learn how to save money and energy in your home. It's about supporting individuals and motivating communities towards change.
ENERGY STAR | Environmental Protection Agency
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
Energy Info Center | Office of Energy Security, Minnesota Department of Commerce
We provide information and assistance to residents, builders, utilities, non-profits and policy-makers on home improvements, financial assistance, renewable technologies, policy initiatives, and utility regulations.