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CenterPoint asks to increase natural gas rates

Last week, CenterPoint Energy asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for permission to increase the rates it charges customers for natural gas utility service. CenterPoint provides natural gas service in much of the Twin Cities metropolitan area and communities in central and southern Minnesota and as far north as Brainerd. CenterPoint has asked for…

Lighting: The Easiest Way to Save Money on Energy

Here at CUB, we continually stress low-cost and easy ways to be energy efficient as the best way to save money on electric bills. Among the easiest of ways to save money on electricity nowadays is on your lighting. LED lighting is by far and away the cheapest way to keep your home lit throughout…

Estimate the cost of your current energy use!

Estimate the cost of your current energy use! Find ways to reduce your electric bills by simulating home energy consumption using an energy calculator. Energy calculators provide online estimates of energy consumption around your home. Factors include the size of your home, water usage, running appliances, etc. For example, these tools can be used to…

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…