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Environmental Justice communities pay a greater proportion of their income on home energy bills while bearing the brunt of harm from energy systems. Many energy programs are not relevant for or do not reach low-income communities or households that do not own their homes or do not live in single-family houses.

CEED’s home energy justice workshops use interactive activities for community members to learn how to read their electricity and heating bills, determine how energy is used in their homes, and practice using tools to reduce energy use. Participants can take home high efficiency LED lightbulbs and surge protectors to reduce electricity costs, and weatherization materials to block cold drafts and keep your home warm while lowering your bills.

To set up a workshop in your community, please contact Say Yang.

Find out more about Energy Justice Workshops, other popular education resources, and find out how CEED can work with your community.

 

Keep energy bills affordable and your heat from being disconnected during the winter months

The Cold Weather Rule is a Minnesota law that prevent heat disconnections during the winter months with payment arrangements.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Programs is an energy assistance program that helps income-qualified households with their heating and cooling energy costs, bill payment assistance, energy crisis assistance, weatherization and energy-related home repairs.

The Gas Affordability Program  is state mandated program that is available to recipients of LIHEAP benefits. It provides assistance with gas utility bills based on percentage of household income spent on heating and help resolve late or incomplete bills.

Find more resources available to residents in the Twin Cities to make your home energy more affordable:

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CEED encourages the free use of our popular education materials for community learning and movement building for environmental justice communities. Please enjoy and share the tools published here. We ask you to acknowledge CEED for the creation of these materials in any reproduction of our images, documents, or activities. For use outside of EJ communities please contact CEED. Commercial use is not permitted. Please contact CEED with any questions or comments about the use of these materials.

The carbon emissions activity is a way to visualize our energy use and the comparative impact of energy systems around the world. Participants guess how many tons of carbon per person is emitted on average in different countries around the world. Discussion centers on the long-term and global impact of our energy use as well as the impact of historical emissions relative between countries.

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After mapping out the ways we use energy throughout the day, participants can contextualize how deeply our daily actions are tied to our energy system. A complete transformation is needed to move to a just energy economy.

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