conservation

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…

Minnesota Capitol

Legislature passes ECO Act to update energy conservation programs

Published May 26, 2021 On May 17, the Minnesota legislature passed the first major energy reform in more than a decade. The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act will provide more options for Minnesotans to reduce their energy use, costs, and environmental impact. The bill updates the state’s long-standing and successful Conservation Improvement Program and…

ECO Act would update Minnesota’s energy conservation policy

Published January 26, 2021 CUB’s executive director, Annie Levenson-Falk, will testify today before the Minnesota House Climate and Energy Committee in favor of a bill to update the state’s energy conservation policy. The Energy Conservation and Optimization (ECO) Act would make modest but important changes to the Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) by expanding the types…

Renters tips to save energy and money

Published August 28, 2019 When renting an apartment or home it is important to consider the utilities you need to pay for in addition to your rent. Here are some general tips to help you get prepared when your utility bill comes in.  Find out what you are responsible for. Renters are often expected to…

Homes in winter

Who are these energy efficient neighbors?

One of the most consistent questions we get at CUB energy consultations is “Who are those neighbors that I see on my bill that are using significantly less energy than we are?” Many utilities have added a section on their bills or online portals that are comparing your monthly energy usage to that of your…

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….