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Gearing Up for Energy Awareness Month

Did you know October is Energy Awareness Month?  I know its only August and we’re not trying to rush to fall, but we do have to plan ahead and hope you will too.  We’re starting to book talks and utility bill clinics for October, one of our busiest months of the year. Fall is a…

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…

Ana Diaz

Welcome Ana, CUB’s new summer intern

CUB is very pleased to introduce Ana Diaz as our 2018 Summer Intern. Ana just graduated from Macalester College in May with a major in Political Science. Ana comes to CUB with a variety of energy-related experiences. Ana’s interest in energy was sparked while assisting one of her professors with research on the psychology of…

Summer energy saving tips

After a very long winter and short spring, the Memorial Day weekend gives us permission to embrace summer.  We’ll be shifting from heating to cooling expenses.  For most households in Minnesota, our highest electricity bills come in the summer.  (Communities up north can be an exception to this.)  This is typically due to using air…

Minnesota gets additional Energy Assistance funds

Our cold weather is finally behind us, but some people may still be trying to catch up on winter energy bills. Luckily, it’s not too late to get Energy Assistance for the past heating season. The State of Minnesota recently received an additional $14.7 million in federal funds for the Energy Assistance Program. This is…

The insider’s guide to a CUB energy consultation

Published May 7, 2018 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?…

Now Hiring: Paid Summer Internship

CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our work this summer. The intern will work with Carmen Carruthers, CUB’s outreach director, to carry out events, develop informational materials for consumers, and create marketing materials to promote CUB’s mission and services.  It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining experience in the fields of…

Spring Energy Saving Tips

It is officially spring, but spring is a tricky business in Minnesota. Sometimes we get a few months of spring, sometimes a few weeks. We’ve come up with a list of spring energy saving tips for you to implement as appropriate. Due to the ever-changing temperatures, we are also including links to our winter and…

The connection between water and energy

March 22 is World Water Day. Its less well known than Earth Day, but very appropriate for Minnesota.  Minnesotans love water in all its forms- in lakes, rivers, wetlands or as snow! We are surrounded by it and lucky to have it in abundance, especially compared to other parts of the U.S. and the world….

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