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Invite CUB to your Earth Month celebrations

Earth Day is April 22, 2019.  The celebration isn’t limited to one day.  Many workplaces and organizations host special events throughout the month of April.  We still have space on our event calendar, so invite CUB for an event this spring.  Here is how we can assist: Speaking Engagements including Workplace Lunch n’ Learn CUB…

CUB expects a busy and productive 2019

It’s just the end of January and we’re already off to a great start in 2019 and wanted to share with you some of the ways we’ll be helping consumers the whole year long. Outreach Events CUB plans to be as busy as ever providing educational programming across the state to help residential and small…

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…

Xcel customers: Get ready for a rate increase in the New Year

Back in the fall of 2017, we informed you about a multi-year rate increase approved for Xcel Energy electricity customers.  The first, and largest, portion of rate increases went into effect on October 1, 2017, and now it’s time to get ready for another round. Effective January 1, 2019, Xcel customers will face an increase…

Be energy smart this winter

For most Minnesota households, winter brings the highest energy bills of the year. The colder the weather, the higher our bills. For an average Minnesota home, over half of annual energy costs are for heating and cooling. As a result, adjusting your thermostat typically represents the biggest opportunity for saving energy throughout the year. Not…

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…

Have an energy-related question or problem? CUB can help

As a consumer advocate, CUB guides residential and small business consumers on how to address a variety of energy-related questions and concerns.  In this blog, we’ll share some of the topics that people look to us for help.  We encourage you to reach out to us about these topics and others.  If we can’t help,…

October is Energy Awareness Month! How energy aware are you?

At the request of the Citizens Utility Board, Governor Dayton has declared October Energy Awareness Month in Minnesota.  With this proclamation, Governor Dayton is emphasizing the importance energy plays in our lives and in the economy of Minnesota.  It’s a great time for all of us to think about how and when we use energy….

Apply Now for Help with Energy Bills

Energy Assistance Its that time of year again: cold weather is coming soon and so are heating bills. Are you struggling to keep up with your energy bills or expect to be? Homeowners and renters who meet income guidelines can apply for energy assistance. Energy Assistance is a grant that is paid directly to your…

Shifting Seasons: Fall Energy Tips

The shift of seasons is upon us.  The State Fair is over and kids are back at school.  Soon we’ll be turning the furnace instead of the air conditioner and closing windows instead of keeping them open. To help you keep bills reasonable during transition time as it starts to get colder, we’ve included some quick…

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