Results for: winter tips

Consumer Spotlight: The Idsos’ energy efficient home

CUB staff were recently in Rochester giving a presentation to Mayo Clinic staff on energy efficiency. In the crowd was Ivan Idso, who, after the presentation was over, asked if CUB would like to join him for a tour of his uber efficient home a few minutes away in Rochester. Of course, CUB staff agreed….

Renter Resources

Understand your responsibilities Depending on your landlord and whether you are renting an apartment or house, you may or may not be responsible for certain utility bills, such as natural gas. Often, a landlord will cover certain things like garbage and water. But, when it comes to gas and electric service, many times renters are…

Xcel’s New Rates are Here

  Did anyone notice a change in their electric bills this month? If you’re an Xcel customer, your bill will look different. As of October 1, 2017, Xcel customers have new electric rates. Xcel estimates an average 8.0% increase for an average residential customer for this initial rate increase. Here is a quick summary of…

Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP)

November 21, 2017 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Community Emergency Assistance Programs is hosting the Citizens Utility Board at their Brooklyn Center location. Stop by the Citizens Utility Board table to get tips on how to save money on your energy bills this winter, ask us questions, and get advice.  Consider bringing your electric…

University of Minnesota Housing Fair

November 9, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Stop by the Citizens Utility Board table at the University of Minnesota Housing fair to learn ways to save money on your energy bills this winter. We’ll have specific tips for renters as well. Consider bringing your electric and gas bills along with your questions. CUB also…

October is Energy Awareness Month

At the request of the Citizens Utility Board, Governor Dayton has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. With this proclamation, Governor Dayton is emphasizing the importance energy plays in our lives and in the economy of Minnesota. Minnesota has been a leader in creating an energy supply that is cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable….

Xcel’s Rate Increase Starts October 1

October 1 marks the start of a multi-year electric rate increase for Xcel Energy electric customers. While it is pretty straight-forward to understand that your bills are about to increase, the details behind utility rate increases can be confusing. That’s one reason CUB exists – to help consumers understand their energy bills and provide ideas…

Longfellow Neighborhood Resource Fair

CUB is happy to attend the annual Longfellow Neighborhood Resource Fair in Minneapolis from 5:30-6:30.    (Longfellow’s general meeting will take place directly after the Resource Fair.) Stop by CUB’s table: Ask questions about your gas and electric bills Get tips to save energy and prepare for winter heating bills Find out about renewable energy…

Getting Ready for Higher Summer Electric Rates

With the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start to the Minnesota summer.  A few days later, on June 1, higher summer electric rates begin for Xcel customers and continue through September. (Lower winter rates are in effect from October through May.)  Residential electric rates go up in the summer to correspond with higher demand,…

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