saving money

There’s a Rebate for That

Published August 10, 2017 When we give presentations to groups around the state, one of our favorite money saving tips is to take advantage of rebates and discounts offered by your local utility. CUB has a handy online tool to help you find those rebates. Here is a brief explanation of why it makes so…

Lighting: The Easiest Way to Save Money on Energy

Published August 8, 2017 Here at CUB, we continually stress low-cost and easy ways to be energy efficient as the best way to save money on electric bills. Among the easiest of ways to save money on electricity nowadays is on your lighting. LED lighting is by far and away the cheapest way to keep…

Estimate the cost of your current energy use!

Published August 1, 2017 Estimate the cost of your current energy use! Find ways to reduce your electric bills by simulating home energy consumption using an energy calculator. Energy calculators provide online estimates of energy consumption around your home. Factors include the size of your home, water usage, running appliances, etc. For example, these tools…

Getting Ready for Higher Summer Electric Rates

Published May 30, 2017 With the Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start to the Minnesota summer.  A few days later, on June 1, higher summer electric rates begin for Xcel customers and continue through September. (Lower winter rates are in effect from October through May.)  Residential electric rates go up in the summer to…

Analysis: Minnesota energy bill would harm consumers

Published May 4, 2017 This week, the Minnesota House and Senate released the latest draft of its package of energy funding and policy bills. The bill would harm Minnesota utility consumers, and CUB urges a “no” vote. The energy package is contained in the broader Jobs omnibus bill (SF 1937). The energy provisions would: Hurt jobs, residential and…

Home insulation can be a year-round money saver

Published March 20, 2017 Today’s energy saving tip comes from the Minnesota Department of Commerce: Proper home insulation is not only a good way to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It can also save you money on your energy bills year round. To reduce costly energy waste, especially in older…

Is your home leaking energy — and money?

Published February 23, 2017 Sealing air leaks is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy loss in your home. Air that leaks through a home’s windows, doors, ceilings, walls, the foundation, and other areas can waste up to one-third (!!) of your home’s energy budget — not to mention all the extra emissions that…

Plan Ahead – Get LED Holiday Lights for Next Year Now

Published December 27, 2016 Many people love shopping after the holidays and picking up seasonal bargains.  If you like decorating your home with holiday lights, think about adding discounted LED holiday lights to your shopping list. LED lights use less energy than traditional light bulbs so you will use less electricity, which is good for your budget…

Other view: ‘Wind is significantly cheaper’

November 19, 2016 / Duluth News Tribune “Wind is on the list (of factors driving Minnesota Power’s request to raise rates). But it’s not the biggest factor of the five factors that they have on that list. I would say driving their need for investment (is the utility’s) need (for) more generation, period. The comparison…