efficiency

Great Deals on Home Energy Squad Audits

Winter weather is upon us, and you’ll likely get a reminder of that when you receive your next energy bill.  It’s a good time to think about ways to keep costs as low as possible.  Energy audits are a great way to uncover opportunities to save energy and money.  CUB posted a blog about the benefits…

Light Bulb Buyers Guide

The falling cost combined with the performance of LED light bulbs has transformed the way we light our homes and businesses. But, it has also generated a lot of confusion that was not there before. Now, instead of looking just at the watts, there are many different characteristics of an LED light bulb that must…

Plan Ahead: October is Energy Awareness Month

October is Energy Awareness Month!  How are you celebrating? October was first declared Energy Awareness Month by President George H. W. Bush.  CUB, along with many of our partners, is looking forward it. Many Minnesota companies and organizations are observing Energy Awareness Month with educational programming or efforts to help members and employees reduce their…

There’s a Rebate for That

When we give presentations to groups around the state, one of our favorite money saving tips is to take advantage of rebates and discounts offered by your local utility. CUB has a handy online tool to help you find those rebates. Here is a brief explanation of why it makes so much sense to apply…

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…

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….

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,…

Analysis: Minnesota energy bill would harm consumers

This week, the Minnesota House and Senate released the latest draft of its package of energy funding and policy bills. The bill would harm Minnesota utility consumers, and CUB urges a “no” vote. The energy package is contained in the broader Jobs omnibus bill (SF 1937). The energy provisions would: Hurt jobs, residential and small business customers, and…

Home insulation can be a year-round money saver

Today’s energy saving tip comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Proper home insulation is not only a good way to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also save you money on your energy bills year round. To reduce costly energy waste, especially in older homes, the Minnesota Commerce…

New bills will ensure consumer protections in residential PACE financing

Today, CUB published a letter supporting HF 1377 and SF 1088, bills to suspend a type of energy improvement financing so that consumer protections can be put in place. Property-assessed clean energy financing, or PACE, allows a property owner to make energy improvements, using a loan that they repay through their property tax bill. Property owners can make cost-effective…