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Take a Load Off

Difficulty: Difficulty: 2 Expense: Expense: 1 Savings: 22 lbs CO2 / $53 Bookmark and Share

Sign up for your utility’s air conditioning load control program and stop worrying about A/C costs.

Why You Should Do It

After a simple installation, your utility will be able to cycle your central air conditioning off for fifteen to twenty minute periods during times of high demand (average 10 – 15 days each year). Since your furnace fan stays on circulating your already-cooled air, you won’t even notice when it’s activated – but you’ll notice the savings! You can save as much as 15% on your utility bills throughout the summer.

What It Costs


How to Do It

  1. Select “Add to My Challenge” and pledge to sign up for your utility’s A/C load control program.
  2. Call your utility or visit their website to learn about their load control program.
  3. Schedule a time for your utility to install their load control device on your central air conditioner.
  4. Congratulate yourself for saving energy and money, and making a difference for Minnesota!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q.

    Will I notice when they cycle my central air on and off?

    Most people don’t – in fact, Xcel Energy found that the temperature rose only 1 or 2 degrees on the few days when they activated their load control cycling. 


  • Steve says:

    We've done this for a few years now.

  • mariannemckeon says:

    So simple! Can't wait to do it!

  • CAD1951MN says:

    Painless! and effective !!

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