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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…

Water heater buying guide

Every household is different and that means there is not a one size fits all when it comes to water heating. There are many different options to choose from when you are in the market for a new water heater. Determining the best fit for your household is an important consideration that can maximize efficiency…

MN Solar Potential Analysis finds high renewable energy levels to be cost effective

Since last year, I’ve represented CUB on the Technical Committee for the Minnesota Solar Pathways initiative. The initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a three-year project exploring strategies to meet Minnesota’s statutory goal of reaching 10 percent solar electricity by 2030. A Solar Potential Analysis, modeling potential costs of various renewable energy…

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…

Are you a community solar garden subscriber? Let us know

The Citizens Utility Board is continuously learning about energy consumers in Minnesota so we can assist them on energy matters to the best of our ability. With community solar programs becoming more popular, CUB staff would like to learn more about how people became involved with these programs and to better understand the customer experience….

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,…

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