energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency Peer Learning Cohort Update

In August we shared information about a special project called the Energy Efficiency Peer Learning Cohort.  CUB is part of a team partnering with a number of organizations including several neighborhood-based community groups to improve knowledge of existing energy efficiency programs and improve program offerings.   The Cohort had a busy and productive fall.  In addition…

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…

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…

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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…

Financing Home Energy Improvements

There are a lot of demands on a homeowner’s budget: mortgage, insurance, property taxes, and maintenance.  Inevitably some improvements needed or desired are going to come up.  How can/should energy efficiency improvements fit into the budget? A smart investment in energy efficiency will save your household money in the long run and can also increase…

Getting Ready for Summer Weather

We think its finally safe to post some summer energy saving tips!   Year round we aim to stay comfortable while keeping our energy bills reasonable. For many households in Minnesota, electricity bills go up in the summer due to air conditioning. The tips below can help you find the right balance to save energy while…

Water heater buying guide

Every household is different and that means there is not a one size fits all when it comes to water heating. There are many different options to choose from when you are in the market for a new water heater. Determining the best fit for your household is an important consideration that can maximize efficiency…

Be energy smart this winter

For most Minnesota households, winter brings the highest energy bills of the year. The colder the weather, the higher our bills. For an average Minnesota home, over half of annual energy costs are for heating and cooling. As a result, adjusting your thermostat typically represents the biggest opportunity for saving energy throughout the year. Not…

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