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Energy and Carbon


Bloomington’s bright future

From heating our homes, powering our electronics, and even charging our vehicles, the way we view energy efficiency has become a priority for the future of Bloomington.

Recent partnership with Xcel Energy and creation of the Bloomington Energy Action Plan (BEAP) has further inspired monumental goals to reduce greenhouse emissions from energy use. The plan calls for a 75 percent reduction in combined emissions from electricity and natural gas by the year 2035.

To support Bloomington's energy goals, here are the three biggest ways you can make a difference:

  1. Sign up for a Home Energy Squad visit to save money on energy bills and make your home more energy efficient. The audit includes weather stripping, LED bulbs, wall insulation inspection, and more! In addition, the City of Bloomington is offering $50 buy downs while income-qualified homes are eligible for free visits.
  2. Make the switch to using renewable energy for your home by using Xcel Energy's Windsource, Renewable Connect program, or getting a community solar garden subscription.  
  3. Take advantage of your public transit options or commute to work by bicycle! You can get started on the Commuter Challenge by going to the Minnesota Department of Transportation website.
Already done these things? Visit the EPA's website for a list of more energy efficiency tips!

Quality Bicycle Products leads Bloomington businesses in energy efficiency

As part of the City's Energy Action Plan, Bloomington is working with local businesses to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. Quality Bicycle Products is committed to making the necessary changes to their infrastructure and to sharing their approach with other businesses who want to implement similar processes. Among their achievements is a Gold LEED certification from the US Green Building Council.