saving money

Using electric heat this winter? Ask your utility about ways to save

We’ve mentioned in previous blogs that winter usually brings the highest energy bills of the year to Minnesota households.  For the households that heat their homes with electric heat, bills can be especially high, running in the hundreds of dollars each month. If your household has electric heat as a primary heating source, we encourage…

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…

Get your home ready for winter heating

Well, winter came early in some parts of the state. Most of us have probably already had our furnaces turned on for about a month now, so it’s definitely time make sure your furnace or boiler will be in good working order all winter long. Here are a few pointers to help ensure you are…

Thinking of Buying a New Appliance? Consider Energy Star

In the market for a new appliance? We know all the options can make your head spin. We put together a buying guide to help consumers in the market for a new appliance. In this mini-guide you can expect to find information on Energy Star and High Efficiency appliances, how Energy Star appliances save money,…

Consumer Spotlight: CUB energy consultation saves the Bentleys $400

One of the many things new homeowners learn is the considerable impact improvements, maintenance and energy in your home can have on your budget. That is what Nikki Bentley and her husband Jeffrey discovered after they purchased their first home, a 1954 rambler, a few years back. Nikki and Jeffrey are environmentally-conscious and want to…

New Xcel Energy time-of-use rate pilot should benefit consumers

Xcel recently received approval to conduct a pilot program designed to reduce peak residential energy use through price incentives. The program has the potential to both save consumers money and reduce emissions from electricity generation. Why reduce peak energy use?  On a typical weekday, many of us are away from our homes either at work…

Mid Summer Review: Strategies to Stay Cool

Don’t really want to say it, but our summer is almost half over.  We’ve had our share of hot steamy summer days with more expected. Luckily there are a lot of tips out there to help you keep your home cool and your energy bills manageable. We’ve assembled tips from state and federal agencies to…

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…