Minnesota Household Energy Study

March 8, 2022

For this study, we are working with communities in Minnesota to learn about individual experiences with high energy costs. Our goal for this project is to understand the challenges people face to reduce energy usage, and what opportunities exist, if any, to help them. The findings from the project will support future programs to help more Minnesota residents reduce energy use, based on their needs.

Why are we doing this project and what do we hope to learn?

Many communities spend a large percentage of their income on gas and electric bills. In addition, there is untapped potential for households in these communities to take advantage of the available programs and financial resources to help reduce home energy costs.

We hope to learn more about:

Community perspectives on energy costs and the issues communities face when trying to manage their home energy costs.
Awareness of energy reduction strategies and available incentive programs.

What does the survey participation include?

  • Complete a 10-minute survey on household energy use
  • Fill out a consent form for us that will allow us to access your energy data. Keep an eye out for an email that will arrive in the next 3 days. 
  • In one year, complete a follow-up 5-minute survey on household energy use. 

Are there other ways to participate in this research?

We will ask a select set of survey respondents to sign up to use a community mapping platform. This tool helps everyday people share their voice about issues that are important to them in their community related to energy use. Participants will also be provided with resources on how to reduce home energy use. This is an optional next step – no further action is needed from you until we contact you.  

What's in it for me? 

  • A $45 Visa gift card, with an opportunity to receive an additional $15 for a follow-up survey
  • The potential for another $150 if you download the community mapping platform, after we contact you within approximately 3-6 weeks. 

How do I learn more? 

Email Maddie Koolbeck or Tessa Cruz.