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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Winter Energy Conservation

A portion of a sun-lit red house with icicles hanging from the gutters
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Icicles can be a pretty sight in the winter, but they’re also a sign of lost heat in homes. Warm air rises and it can sneak through cracks, thus heating roofs and creating ice dams. What to do?

Chad Trebilcock from Minnesota Power has some suggestions for habitants of our very cold region. "We have our work cut out here for heating our homes." But with a few practical actions, homeowners can start to make a positive change today. When it comes to heat loss through the attic, look for cracks, attic hatches, and other areas where heat may be escaping. Using a spray foam can help plug those leaks. Pulling your blinds during the night and opening them up during the day is another simple approach that will help keep out the cold night air and allow daylight to warm the home.

For those looking at the long-term, Trebilcock recommends the Home Energy Analysis Program with MN Power "An experienced energy professional will visit your house in-person to help you develop a customized action plan for saving energy," says Trebilcock. "There's no charge for customers to take advantage of that service." The service is also available virtually. To learn more about the program, visit the Minnesota Power website.

The impact of more energy efficient homes has a greater reach that beyond the four walls of any given home; it helps communities as well. "When you conserve energy, you take pressure off the grid," says Trebilcock. "If everyone chips in and does something that's tangible that adds up over time."

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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