energy

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…

Residential Solar Options in Minnesota

Solar power is heating up in Minnesota.  While many people think of Minnesota as a cold and snowy state, Minnesota ranks 16th in the nation for solar energy output.  Increased renewable energy developments are giving Minnesota consumers new efficient and cost-effective energy options. This blog seeks to help the average residential consumer navigate the world…

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…

Estimate the cost of your current energy use!

Estimate the cost of your current energy use! Find ways to reduce your electric bills by simulating home energy consumption using an energy calculator. Energy calculators provide online estimates of energy consumption around your home. Factors include the size of your home, water usage, running appliances, etc. For example, these tools can be used to…