MINNEAPOLIS – September 28, 2016 –Governor Mark Dayton recently issued a proclamation announcing October as Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) System Awareness Month in Minnesota. The proclamation is the initiative of the Minnesota Blue Flame Natural Gas Association, which is made up of member utilities and companies that educate and promote the safe, efficient use and value of natural gas and natural gas equipment and encourage energy efficiency and energy conservation. This marks the first HVAC System Awareness Month which is designed to highlight the benefits of annual maintenance.
The proclamation urges Minnesota residents to have a qualified technician perform an annual inspection of their HVAC systems to ensure safety and reliability. Inspections will:
- Address unsafe conditions,
- Prevent malfunctions,
- Help appliances perform more efficiently, saving energy and money, and
- Foster environmental stewardship through more efficient operations
“We’re ready to share our expertise with customers and help them stay safe and warm this season by performing HVAC system tune-ups,” said Todd Berreman, director of Energy Efficiency for CenterPoint Energy. “We are also pleased to offer furnace and boiler system tune-up rebates
to customers who complete qualifying inspection and maintenance of their natural gas heating systems.”
“We have wonderful trade partners across the state who can help residents tune up their existing system or recommend a new one if they’re in the market,” says Greg Olson, Xcel Energy Trade Relations Manager. “We recommend getting bids from three dealers. Check xcelenergy.com
for a list of participating dealers and for appliance rebate information
Heating system tips:
Furnaces and other fuel-burning appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers and ovens, produce CO that can reach dangerous levels if not maintained or used properly. CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy recommend that customers have all of their fuel-burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician at the start of the heating season. It is also recommended that homeowners purchase a CO detection device with an audible alarm and digital display, install it 10 feet from each bedroom as required by law, change the batteries as necessary and check for proper operation.
Other energy efficiency tips include:
- Changing furnace filters per manufacturer’s recommendations,
- Lowering your thermostat 8-10 degrees when you’re sleeping or away, and
- Sealing off leaks through weather-stripping doors, windows and gaps along the home's foundation.
About CenterPoint Energy
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®
. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit xcelenergy.com
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