Energy Savings Brochures

The following is a list of energy saving brochures offered by the Minnesota Department of Public Service at no charge or viewed at their website. Austin Utilities has several brochures in the lobby for you to take home and review.

How to order a brochure
By Phone: 1-800=657-3710 (toll-free)
By E-mail:
Via internet:
By Mail: Print your name, address and the brochure title(s) you are ordering. Send to: DPS Energy Information Center, 121 7th Place East, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55101-2145
Residential: Minnesota House Warming Guides
Each illustrated guide in this popular series contains practical how-to information on proven energy saving strategies for Minnesota homeowners.
  • Attic Bypasses
  • Basement Insulation
  • Combustion Air
  • Heating with Wood
  • Home Cooling
  • Home Heating
  • Home Insulation
  • Home Lighting
  • Home Moisture Problems
  • Energy Saving Landscapes
  • Low Cost/No Cost Energy Ideas
  • New Homes
  • Water Heaters
  • Weather-stripping and Caulking
  • Windows and Doors
  • Household Appliances
Home Builders' Energy Update
Especially written for home builders, this series of illustrated instructional guides confronts energy problem points or new building strategies suited specifically to home building in Minnesota.
  • Ice Dam Causes
  • Moisture Problems in Bathroom Exterior Walls
  • Cold Ceiling Corner Mystery Examined
  • Band Joist is a Hidden Problem Area
  • Exterior foundation Wall Insulation
  • Preventing Air Leaks at Fire Stops
  • Keeping Water Vapor out of Walls
  • Installing Airtight Recessed Lighting Fixtures
  • Trade-offs Allowed Under the Energy Code
  • The Performance-Built House
  • Preventing Damp Basements & Excessive Window Condensation
  • Remodeling: an Opportunity for Energy Improvements
  • Duct Sealing: Benefiting Comfort and Safety
  • Meeting Minnesota's Energy Code: New forms, methods provide ease and simplicity
Commercial Conservation Basics
This series for the small business owner provides practical, easy-to-understand recommendations for energy saving strategies that will increase your cash flow, and improve your building's comfort level.
  • Building Envelopes
  • Cogeneration
  • Domestic Hot Water
  • Electric use
  • HVAC
  • Kitchens
  • Lighting
  • Refrigeration
  • Swimming Pools
  • Electrical Cost Reduction Strategies (high-efficiency motors, variable speed drives and power factor correction)
Institutional & Municipal Buildings
These fact sheets provide energy saving strategies for schools, hospitals, libraries or public buildings.
  • Domestic Hot Water Recovery (multi-family buildings)
  • Multiple Zone Systems (multi-family)
  • Single Pipe Systems (multi-family)
  • Municipal Garages
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Minnesota Waste Heat Recovery
  • Electrical Cost Reduction Strategies
Alternatives and Transportation Energy
Numerous guides and fact sheets are available on Minnesota's non-traditional energy sources. Our wind power and ethanol materials are listed below, and are often updated.
  • Wind Applications
  • Wind Dealers List
  • Wind Energy Systems
  • Wind Site Monitoring
  • Wind Rights to Private Land
  • Wind Resource Assessment Project
  • AFV Newsletter
  • Clean Fuels Minnesota (fact sheet)
  • Refueling Stations in Minnesota
  • Development of Alternative Fuel Vehicles