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Using space heaters efficiently and safely

Published January 6, 2022 We’re officially in the thick of the heating season, and with that comes the temptation to stay warm at any cost. The urge to use space heaters is strong, especially on those days below zero, but they can come with a heavy cost. Here are some tips to manage usage and…

We’re hiring: Paid part-time outreach intern

Published January 5, 2022 CUB is seeking a motivated intern to support our outreach program. The intern will support CUB’s outreach events and help people understand their electric and gas bills, how to reduce energy waste and save money, and their options for renewable energy.  This is a great opportunity for someone interested in a career…

CUB seeks individuals to join our board of directors

Published January 3, 2022. Updated February 13, 2022 to note that remote participation in board meetings is welcome. CUB is looking for committed Minnesotans to join our board of directors. Why join? As a board member, you will guide CUB’s strategic direction and the organization’s long-term sustainability. You’ll make sure that CUB’s activities are on…

CenterPoint & MN Power customers will see interim rate increase in January, but less than each utility initially requested

Published December 6, 2021 Last week, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved interim rate increases for both CenterPoint Energy and Minnesota Power. Customers of each utility will see the interim charge on their bills beginning in January. In both decisions, energy affordability for residential customers was at the front of the PUC’s consideration. CenterPoint…

Legal protections from utility disconnection

Published December 1, 2021; Updated February 22, 2022 Facing a utility disconnection is a very stressful event. Since the beginning of the pandemic, CUB has fielded hundreds of calls from consumers worried about paying their energy bills. With heating fuel costs rising, we fear many people may struggle in the upcoming months to keep up…

Your winter energy savings checklist

Published November 30, 2021 Households might be feeling extra strained this winter season from rising heating costs. Some natural gas customers are also seeing surcharges on their bills from the February 2021 winter storm costs. While these things are largely out of our control, actions you take around your home to weatherproof and use less…

CUB joins Xcel proposal seeking to protect renters

Published November 24, 2021 In recent months, CUB has been hearing from consumers (and other consumer advocates) about a new problem affecting some Minnesota renters. Some landlords of multi-unit residences are taking over their tenants’ utility accounts by putting the accounts in the landlord’s name, while continuing to pass utility costs on to the tenants….

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