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Managing household energy use during unusual times

Published March 30, 2020 Things have changed a lot since we posted out light-hearted Spring Energy Saving Tips earlier this month. We recognize we’re all under a lot of stress right now. CUB is here to help consumers who are worried about their household energy bills. Hopefully, we can play a role in reducing some…

Xcel Energy Flex Pricing Pilot Postponed

Published March 30, 2020 Xcel Energy had planned to start a pilot program testing time-of-use rates for certain customers in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie on April 1. However, given the current situation, Xcel is postponing the pilot. The postponement means that all pilot participants will remain on their current electric pricing plan until further notice….

Minnesota utilities suspending disconnections during COVID-19

Posted March 16, 2020. Updated March 30, 9:27 a.m. Minnesota utilities have begun announcing that they have stopped disconnecting residential customers for nonpayment, and we anticipate many more announcements in the hours and weeks ahead. CUB is asking all utilities to ensure customers are turned on, even people who can’t meet minimum payments right now….

Schools and Renewable energy: A Smart Combination

Published March 9, 2020 Solar energy is becoming a popular investment for Minnesota cities and counties. With the great opportunity to utilize school rooftops, fields and parking lots, some schools have installed solar, and others are showing interest in investing in renewable energy.  For schools, solar can provide potential cost savings, offer a learning experience…

Spring Energy Tips

Published March 9, 2020 It’s been a pretty mild winter. We were a little hesitant to post this blog knowing there still could be snowstorms in our future! Such is spring in Minnesota. It’s a mix of weather, so our tips below reflect that. Concentrate on managing your thermostat (up or down) to manage your energy use…

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