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CUB seeks to equalize conservation opportunities for rural Minnesotans at state legislature

Published February 10, 2020 For decades, Minnesota utilities have been required by law to help their customers save energy through the Conservation Improvement Program. Utilities offer rebates on efficient appliances, discounted home energy audits, and more to help people and businesses lower their energy bills. Consumers’ conservation, in turn, saves money for everyone.  It reduces…

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…

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…

Shifting Seasons: Fall Energy Tips

The shift of seasons is upon us.  The State Fair is over and kids are back at school.  Soon we’ll be turning the furnace instead of the air conditioner and closing windows instead of keeping them open. To help you keep bills reasonable during transition time as it starts to get colder, we’ve included some quick…

What’s a Watt?

One of our roles at CUB is to help Minnesotans better understand their energy options. To do that, we also want to help people understand some of the basic, technical aspects of energy, such as measuring it. In most of our homes, energy as a resource is something we can’t see, feel, hear, or touch….

Minnesota gets additional Energy Assistance funds

Our cold weather is finally behind us, but some people may still be trying to catch up on winter energy bills. Luckily, it’s not too late to get Energy Assistance for the past heating season. The State of Minnesota recently received an additional $14.7 million in federal funds for the Energy Assistance Program. This is…

Think Twice Before You Pay

Citizens Utility Board Intern Details Why You Should Always Analyze Your Utility Bill On average, the typical electric utility customer is not aware of all the charges inside the utility bill he or she is paying for. If you are like me, you will get the bill in the mail every month, open it, be…

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…

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