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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…

Get your home ready for winter

Published October 20, 2016 The seasons are changing! Following these tips to prepare your home for winter can save you hundreds of dollars every year. Check for leaks: Inspect windows and door frames for cracks or signs of decay or drafts. Seal any leaks with caulk or weatherstripping, or use a temporary product like rope…

CUB’s 2022 year in review

Published November 23, 2022 It’s been quite a year – and we have you, our supporters, to thank! I am so proud of what we have accomplished together in 2022. The CUB community is a scrappy group, often going up against some of the largest corporations in the state. Together, we are dedicated to affordability,…

CUB continues to fight Xcel’s request to raise electric rates

Published October 27, 2022 Last year, Xcel Energy filed a request with state regulators to charge its Minnesota electric customers an additional $677 million over the coming years. In its filing, Xcel addresses several reasons why it seeks to raise rates. For example, Xcel notes that it will be incurring additional costs to build new…

Fall offers opportunities for energy savings

Published September 29, 2022 There’s nothing quite like fall in Minnesota. The fall colors and cooler temperatures make it perfect for enjoying the weather outside and inside our homes. When it comes to energy use, early fall and late spring are typically our lowest energy use months because we don’t have to heat or cool…

Xcel electricity and gas rates increased on January 1, with final rate hikes pending

Published January 7, 2022 If you receive natural gas or electricity service from Xcel Energy, you’ll notice an interim rate increase on your next bill. Before the holidays, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the increases, beginning January 1, but at substantially lower amounts than Xcel initially requested. An interim rate hike is a…

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…

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Minnesota Power asks to raise rates by 18%

Published November 10, 2021 Minnesota Power, the company that provides power to Duluth and portions of northeast and north central Minnesota, is asking to charge customers an additional $108 million more each year. If approved, Minnesota Power says the request would mean a rate hike of 18.22%, or about $15 a month for a typical…

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