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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…

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

Fall Energy Savings Tips Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 68 degrees when you are awake and turning it down about 10 degrees while you are away or asleep. Use a programmable or smart thermostat to control when your furnace turns on and off throughout the day. Service 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…

Get your home ready for winter

The seasons are changing! Following these tips to prepare your home for winter can save you hundreds of dollars every year. Check for leaks: Inspect windows and door frames for cracks or signs of decay or drafts. Seal any leaks with caulk or weatherstripping, or use a temporary product like rope caulk or a plastic…

Learning to Save Energy Early

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and 48 public and private universities. Every year thousands of students flock to college campuses to pursue a higher education. While campuses create an atmosphere of community and is an environment for students to build relationships, they’re also significant energy users. Like many large facilities, campuses are looking for ways…

Why get a furnace or boiler tune-up? Let us break it down for you.

Why It’s Important to Get Your Heat Source Serviced During these cold winter months, consumers not only need to think about paying the bills, but making sure their heat-source keeps up with the cold temperatures. In general, there are three common ways to heat your home from a central heat source. They are as follows:…

Xcel customers: Get ready for a rate increase in the New Year

Back in the fall of 2017, we informed you about a multi-year rate increase approved for Xcel Energy electricity customers.  The first, and largest, portion of rate increases went into effect on October 1, 2017, and now it’s time to get ready for another round. Effective January 1, 2019, Xcel customers will face an increase…

University of Minnesota Off-Campus Housing Fair

Stop by the Citizens Utility Board table at the University of Minnesota Off-Campus Housing Fair on November 8 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. The event takes place from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Stop by CUB’s table to: Ask questions about your utility bills Receive tips to save energy and money this winter and…

Pratt Community Education and Southeast Seniors Presentation

Would you like to save money on your energy bills and/or reduce your environmental impact? The Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota will be offering an educational presentation that will help you better understand your electric and natural gas bills, provide tips to reduce your energy usage, and outline programs to assist those who struggle to…

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