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Home Energy Audit – a Next Step in Energy Savings

When it comes to residential energy efficiency efforts, at CUB we promote free and easy first. For other efforts that may involve a substantial investment, we highly recommend getting a professional home energy audit. Why? You need to understand where exactly there is potential for energy savings and an energy audit will answer that question….

Updated Cost of Carbon in Minnesota

On Thursday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 3-2 in favor of raising the cost of air pollutants from power plants: carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate pollution. The value receiving the most attention is the updated social cost of carbon emissions, increasing to a range of $9.05 to $43.06 per short ton…

Now hiring: Paid fall outreach intern

CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our work this fall. The intern will work with Carmen Carruthers, CUB’s outreach director, to carry out events, develop informational materials for consumers, update the website, and update our media contact lists. It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience in the fields of energy…

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…

Xcel Energy Offers Two Renewable Energy Programs

In April 2017, Xcel Energy rolled out a new renewable energy program called Renewable Connect that allows customers to source their electricity from wind and solar energy. Until recently, there was a waiting list, and now the program is again accepting new enrollees. Renewable Connect is a new addition to Xcel’s original renewable energy program,…