saving money

Energy Star

When purchasing new appliances or electronic equipment, consider looking beyond the price tag and thinking about total cost over the entire time you will have that item, including how much energy it will use. The Energy Star label can help you find equipment that will save you energy – and save you money over the…

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…

Apply Now for Energy Assistance and Weatherization

Energy Assistance Are you struggling to keep up with your energy bills? Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines can apply for energy assistance. Energy assistance is a grant that is paid directly to your energy providers to help cover your heating and electricity bills. Energy Assistance Programs are organized by county or Native American…

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…

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…

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…

Is your home leaking energy — and money?

Sealing air leaks is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy loss in your home. Air that leaks through a home’s windows, doors, ceilings, walls, the foundation, and other areas can waste up to one-third (!!) of your home’s energy budget — not to mention all the extra emissions that are added due to…

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