Neighborhood Energy Challenge

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Neighborhood Energy Challenge


RPU and Minnesota Energy Resources have teamed up with the Center for Energy and Environment to offer Rochester homeowners the Neighborhood Energy Challenge (NEC), a full-service residential energy audit program.

The Neighborhood Energy Challenge includes:

  1. Free Energy Workshop. Attendance to our free "Saving Energy 101" workshop is mandatory to participate in the program – and a great opportunity to learn new no- or low- cost strategies to stop energy waste, all while visiting with your neighbors. Free childcare is provided.
  2. Home Visit and Materials. At the workshop you will have the opportunity to sign up for a Home Visit, where our crews of energy professionals will visit your home for an hour and a half to run diagnostic tests (like a blower door to test air leaks), install energy-saving materials, and find your home's best opportunities for saving energy and reducing your utility bills.
  3. Help With Next Steps. If our crews find an opportunity for significant savings through installing additional insulation, attic air sealing, or replacing old heating equipment, we can make the next steps easy by connecting you with qualified contractors, financing, incentives, and rebates.

The Home Visit, Materials, and Recommendations are all included in a one-time $50 fee.

Materials provided may include:

  • Gasket seals
  • Safety caps
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (four styles)
  • Pipe insulation
  • High-efficiency faucet aerators
  • High-efficiency showerhead

Workshop Dates

Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6:30pm
Kellogg Middle School
503 17th St NE

Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:30pm
George Gibbs Elementary School
5525 56th St NW

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:30pm
Lincoln Choice Elementary School
1122 8th Ave SE

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10am
Saint Mary's University- Cascade Meadow
2900 19th St NW

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:30pm
Kellogg Middle School
503 17th St NE

For questions regarding the Neighborhood Energy Challenge or to sign up contact Stacy Boots Camp at 888.734.6365 or

*Workshop dates and locations subject to change.

  • At the Neighborhood Energy Challenge workshop, we learned new things and realistic suggestions for our home. It was helpful to interact with other homeowners and learn more from the questions they asked. Our energy auditor was professional and easy to work with. He explained things to us and answered our specific questions, and presented us with options and reasoning to help us make informed decisions. The knowledge we acquired, from both the workshop and energy audit, has aided us in implementing conservation and energy efficiency improvements to our home.
  • - Tony & Lynn Drumm
    Rochester Homeowners