Local businesses receive Efficiency Partner Awards

Almsted’s Fresh Market and Rockford Road Library in Crystal and North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale were among 110 Minnesota business and trade partners recognized by Xcel Energy for their efforts to save energy.

The three local businesses received the Efficiency Partner Awards for their participation in Xcel Energy efficiency programs that lower their energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment.

Almsted’s, Rockford Road Library, North Memorial and the other businesses recognized collectively saved more than 111 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 1.5 million therms of natural gas in the last year. The savings was enough to supply energy to more than 9,600 homes.

Over the course of the year, Xcel Energy offers incentives including rebates or funding for energy assessments to its business and residential customers to encourage them to make energy efficient choices.

“Many of these conservation projects are often invisible to those not directly involved,” said Karen Rhodes, Xcel Energy efficiency marketing manager. “These awards are a way to congratulate these businesses so that employees and customers realize what’s happening behind the scenes.”

The 2012 Efficiency Partners received a plaque and window decals to display at their facility as well as the use of the Efficiency Partner logo for their promotional materials.