energy savings

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…

The insider’s guide to a CUB energy consultation

Energy bill consultations are one of CUB’s key outreach services. With a free one-on-one consultation, we help people find ways to save energy in their homes or apartments. Keep reading to find out what you can expect from an energy consultation and how to get one! Why have a bill consultation? Because in just 20…

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Market forces are driving electrification

A fundamental goal of energy policy has been to reduce the amount of electricity used as much as possible. That is, until recently. Now, the power sector is rapidly changing, more clean energy generation is coming online, and new goals are emerging. We still want to squeeze every bit of efficiency out of our energy…

The sustainable real estate agent: Sammi Cook-Kuehn shares what to keep in mind when looking for an energy efficient home

Sammi Cook-Kuehn, a real estate agent focused on energy efficient properties, is always looking to learn more and promote sustainable and environmentally friendly living. That’s what brought Sammi to a CUB energy consultation with our outreach director, Carmen Carruthers, in January. It turned into a great opportunity for us to share information on home energy…

Great Deals on Home Energy Squad Audits

Spring is finally here and for many people that means spring cleaning. Clean up more than your home this spring, clean up your energy bills as well. Energy audits are a great way to uncover opportunities to save energy and money.  CUB posted a blog about the benefits of energy audits last summer.  We’re writing about…

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…

Demand response is beneficial for customers

Were you aware that a significant portion of your energy costs come from the handful of hours each year that customers use the most energy? Everyone expects their lights to come on without fail no matter what time of day it is. This means utilities must build and maintain expensive power plants with the sole…