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CenterPoint Energy Proposes Rate Increase

Published December 2, 2019 In late October, CenterPoint Energy submitted an application to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for the authority to increase rates for its natural gas customers. CenterPoint Energy has indicated the rate increase is needed to help cover infrastructure-related expenses including maintenance and pipeline relocation due to local public works and road…

Winter tips: It just makes cents!

Published November 26, 2019 Winter is here and Minnesotans will soon be getting some of their highest energy bills of the season. The easy tips below will keep your home comfortable, while also keeping your electric and heating bills in check. Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends setting the temperature at 68 degrees…

Energy Efficiency Peer Learning Cohort Update

Published November 1, 2019 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…

October is Energy Awareness Month

Published October 4, 2019 Happy Energy Awareness Month! CUB is pleased to announce that Governor Walz has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota. Celebrating has become a CUB tradition. Last year we encouraged people to think about how they use energy. This year we want to discuss how the electricity we use is generated….

Fall Energy Saving Tips

Published Sepbember 30, 2019 We’ve had a pretty mild September this year, so we put off posting our fall tips for a few weeks.  Why rush the cold weather in?!    But now it sounds like cooler, fall weather is coming and here to stay so it’s time to start shifting our energy behavior and getting…

Engaging Twin Cities Communities in Energy

Published August 6, 2019 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…

Financing Home Energy Improvements

Published June 3, 2019 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…

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…

Spring Energy Tips

Its been quite the winter — polar vortex and ice dams galore.  We are all ready for some warmer weather and running the heat less often!  Here are some tips to help control your energy use as we transition into a new season.  Because spring can be fickle and sometimes short, we also have links…

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