Duluth has been selected to advance to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that challenges us, along with other small- and medium-sized communities to develop and implement creative, sustainable, and replicable strategies to save energy.

Our commitment to energy efficiency, saving money, and making Duluth a great place to live has put us in the running against leading small- and medium-sized communities across the county.

Duluth will work together over the next two years with Minnesota Power, ComfortSystems, local government officials, residents, energy efficiency experts, and others to implement our energy-saving plan that will not only deliver financial benefits to residents, but will also help ensure the long-term sustainability of our community. Most importantly, we will develop new approaches that other communities can replicate—so that we can all do our part to secure our nation’s energy future.

In competing for the Georgetown University Energy Prize, Duluth intends to focus improvements on:

  • Reducing energy in our older housing stock through energy assessments and efficiency upgrades.
  • Quick free or low-cost efforts that all households can take to instantly save on their energy bills.
  • Creating partnerships to solve some of the more difficult efficiency problems like improvements to historic homes, helping low-income families, and working with both landlords and renters to save energy in rental housing.
  • Implementing significant reductions in our municipal energy footprint (city operations, Housing Authority, and schools).

Stay tuned for more details on the Prize, Duluth’s energy-saving plan, and to learn how you can support our efforts. In the meantime, please stay connected with us by registering at www.duluthenergy.com, liking our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/duluthenergy, and following our Twitter feed @duluth_energy.

We are excited to get underway in the competition and we look forward to elevating Duluth as a national leader of energy efficiency efforts in America.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Duluth's strategy for winning the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition?

To solve a complicated community problem, we cannot depend on just one strategy. Duluth’s Community Energy Plan brings together lots of partners and lots of ideas to reduce energy use in homes and in municipal operations. We think getting off to a strong start is very important. Our first strategy is the Duluth Dash-to-the-Cash.

Learn how you can save over 5% on your energy through easy, free or low-cost measures.

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Additional strategies will be posted at www.duluthenergy.org as they begin to be implemented.  Follow our twitter feed @duluth_energy and like us on facebook to keep posted (www.facebook.com/duluthenergy).

How much energy has the average home completing retrofits through the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program saved?

The Duluth Energy Efficiency Program helps Duluth homeowners:

  • Complete an advanced home performance assessment.
  • Develop a plan to complete energy upgrades with the best return on investment.
  • Find qualified contractors or teach you to complete the work yourself.
  • Receive financial assistance through loans, grants, and tax credits.

In the past three years, the average savings through home retrofits in Duluth was $689 per year!

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