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Renters tips to save energy and money

When renting an apartment or home it is important to consider the utilities you need to pay for in addition to your rent. Here are some general tips to help you get prepared when your utility bill comes in.  Find out what you are responsible for. Renters are often expected to sign up and pay…

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CUB petitions PUC to unleash consumer energy data in the public interest

Today, CUB filed a formal request that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) set rules to make electricity data available for research and analysis that can reduce waste, save consumers money, and cut emissions.   CUB’s request for Open Data Access Standards CUB has asked the PUC to adopt Open Data Access Standards that would allow…

Engaging Twin Cities Communities in Energy

Helping individuals better understand their energy choices is a major part of CUB’s work.  Because it is a big task to share information, partnerships are critically important in spreading the word about existing programs and options.  Additionally, it’s important to always look for ideas to improve program offerings that will help individuals in a meaningful…

Xcel’s proposal to buy gas power plant in Mankato should be denied

Since the beginning of this year, CUB has been monitoring the proposal by Xcel Energy to purchase a 720-megawatt gas power plant in Mankato: the Mankato Energy Center (MEC). For over seven months, parties like CUB, the Department of Commerce, the Office of the Attorney General, the City of Minneapolis, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance,…

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Tips for Moisture Control

The summer’s high humidity levels can affect not only the way you feel but also the condition of your home, and could potentially increase your energy bills. High humidity can increase moisture in your home, especially when dealing with unintended leaks that allow moisture or water vapor to move in and out of homes. This…

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