What can I do?

“What can I do?” resources

There are innumerable things you can do to reduce energy consumption, use energy more efficiently and begin utilizing renewable energy in your personal life, your business, organizations you are involved in, and in your community. A few resources are listed below to get you started.

Housing and buildings

Energy Information Center, Minnesota Department of Commerce:
Abundance of information on energy conservation and renewable energy for the homeowner, business owner, and others. 1-651-296-5175; http://www.commerce.state.mn.us; click on “Energy Info Center.”

Energy Solutions for Your Home: Xcel Energy
Energy audits, energy saving tools, rebates and incentives, green power, etc. 1-800-895-4999 http://www.xcelenergy.com/

…Or your local gas and/or electric utility if you are not an Xcel Energy customer.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (http://www.aceee.org) and Rocky Mountain Institute (http://www/rmi.org/) are excellent resources for residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Walk, bike, consolidate trips and carpool when driving if possible. Utilize mass transit when possible. Maintain your vehicle in efficient operating condition and keep tires properly inflated. Buy the most efficient vehicle that meets your needs (http://www.fueleconomy.gov); use E85 fuel (http://www.e85fuel.com/e85101/flexfuelvehicles.php) if you own a flexible-fuel vehicle, or biodiesel (http://biodiesel.org) if you own a diesel vehicle.


Minnesota Food Association: Buy local food!

Organic/locally grown foods available through Just Food Cooperative
516 S. Water St., Northfield, MN 55057; (507) 650-0106; http://justfood.coop

Northfield Farmers Market
Riverside Park, 7th Street; Contact: Calvin Pflaum (651) 463-3577; May-October Tuesday, Friday & Saturday

Local Community Supported Agriculture opportunities:
Valley Creek Community Farm (case study: http://renewingthecountryside.org/component/option,com_smartpages/task,view/id,183/); (507) 645-6414

Big Woods Farm
http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M4652 ; (507) 334-3335

Community energy self-sufficiency and sustainable communities: Get involved!

RENew Northfield
http://www.renewnorthfield.org/ (507) 645-7133

Clean Energy Resource Teams

MN Sustainable Communities Network