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Summer energy saving tips

After a very long winter and short spring, the Memorial Day weekend gives us permission to embrace summer.  We’ll be shifting from heating to cooling expenses.  For most households in Minnesota, our highest electricity bills come in the summer.  (Communities up north can be an exception to this.)  This is typically due to using air…

Easy Summer Energy Saving Tips

For most households, their highest electricity bills come in the summer.  This is typically due to using air conditioning, which uses a lot of energy.  On those hot, humid days you may really need to use the AC,  so here are some tips to try to minimize the impact on your electric bill. Adjust your…

Spring Energy Tips

Its been quite the winter — polar vortex and ice dams galore.  We are all ready for some warmer weather and running the heat less often!  Here are some tips to help control your energy use as we transition into a new season.  Because spring can be fickle and sometimes short, we also have links…

Mid Summer Review: Strategies to Stay Cool

Don’t really want to say it, but our summer is almost half over.  We’ve had our share of hot steamy summer days with more expected. Luckily there are a lot of tips out there to help you keep your home cool and your energy bills manageable. We’ve assembled tips from state and federal agencies to…

Spring Energy Saving Tips

It is officially spring, but spring is a tricky business in Minnesota. Sometimes we get a few months of spring, sometimes a few weeks. We’ve come up with a list of spring energy saving tips for you to implement as appropriate. Due to the ever-changing temperatures, we are also including links to our winter and…

Seasonal Energy Tips

  Summer Energy Savings Tips Adjust your air conditioning. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 78 degrees.  This allows you to be energy efficient and still comfortable. Use a programmable thermostat to control when your air conditioning turns on and off during the day. Take advantage of saver programs offered by your…

Energy Saving Tips Especially for Renters

When talking about energy saving tips, we often get asked, “I’m a renter. What can I do to save energy?” We typically respond: “Quite a lot actually.” There are some obvious limits to renters’ options for controlling energy consumption. For example, renters aren’t likely to go and buy their own energy efficient refrigerator or replace…

Easy Fall Energy Saving Tips

With the passing of Labor Day, our summer is unofficially over. As you get ready for the inevitable cooler weather ahead, here are a few easy tips to try to keep your home running efficiently and your energy bills as low as possible. Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at…

Getting Ready for Higher Summer Electric Rates

With the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start to the Minnesota summer.  A few days later, on June 1, higher summer electric rates begin for Xcel customers and continue through September. (Lower winter rates are in effect from October through May.)  Residential electric rates go up in the summer to correspond with higher demand,…

Request a presentation – CUB is booking events for spring/summer

We love speaking with community groups about utility issues, and we do it at no charge. Providing free educational programs is one of primary missions. This is an interesting time for the energy sector and we want to help consumers sort through their choices. We can provide presentations on how to understand your utility bills,…

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