Author Archives: Carmen Carruthers

Are You Due a Rebate? Don’t Miss the Deadline

We know the end of the year can get very busy. Sorry to suggest yet another item on your to do list, but it’s our job to help you save money! So, CUB wants to remind you to get in your paperwork for utility-based rebate programs before the end of the year. If you bought…

Celebrate the Holidays in LED Style

Planning to brighten up your home with lights this holiday season? If you haven’t already switched to LED holiday lights, this could be the year to do it. Compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights, LED holiday lights use way less energy (70- 90% less) and save you money in the long run. Not only will…

Easy Winter Energy Saving Tips

Thanksgiving is around the corner and now we have to accept that winter is upon us and here to stay for a while.   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…

Xcel’s New Rates are Here

  Did anyone notice a change in their electric bills this month? If you’re an Xcel customer, your bill will look different. As of October 1, 2017, Xcel customers have new electric rates. Xcel estimates an average 8.0% increase for an average residential customer for this initial rate increase. Here is a quick summary of…

Energy Saving Tips Especially for Renters

When talking about energy saving tips, we often get asked, “I’m a renter. What can I do to save energy?” We typically respond: “Quite a lot actually.” There are some obvious limits to renters’ options for controlling energy consumption. For example, renters aren’t likely to go and buy their own energy efficient refrigerator or replace…

Xcel’s Rate Increase Starts October 1

October 1 marks the start of a multi-year electric rate increase for Xcel Energy electric customers. While it is pretty straight-forward to understand that your bills are about to increase, the details behind utility rate increases can be confusing. That’s one reason CUB exists – to help consumers understand their energy bills and provide ideas…

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…

Easy Fall Energy Saving Tips

Published September 5, 2017 With the passing of Labor Day, our summer is unofficially over. As you get ready for the inevitable cooler weather ahead, here are a few easy tips to try to keep your home running efficiently and your energy bills as low as possible. Adjust your thermostat. The Department of Energy recommends…

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