We know what’s coming. But with any luck, it won’t be nearly as severe as last winter. Still, our drop in temperatures should be a sign of action we can take now to help save heating dollars in the months ahead. Never before have homeowners had more tools and technology to check their homes for heating problems and poor insulation. Both deficiencies will contribute to costly heating bills and the formation of ice dams.
Now is the right time to check your furnace – for maintenance, safety and efficiency. And if you do a little web research, you’ll be surprised how much money your can save for your family.
A woman was brought to a hospital Monday night after escaping a house fire in the west metro.
Buildings were evacuated in south Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon after fire officials detected natural gas following a report of a leak. Workers at a grain elevator at 35th Street and Hiawatha Avenue called 911 to report a strong smell of natural gas at about 4:30 p.m., according to a CenterPoint Energy spokesperson. Minneapolis Fire crews did not detect a leak in the grain elevator, but did find a leak on the street nearby.
CenterPoint Energy says customers should expect this month’s bill to be 35-50 percent higher than last month because of the record cold. According to Xcel Energy, its customers are expected to use 14 percent more natural gas this January compared to January 2013.
If you think your furnace has been running a lot this January, you’re absolutely right. CenterPoint Energy said the first major cold snap in early January set a new daily record for natural gas consumption.
This month’s up-and-down temperatures have ice on roofs pouring down into Minnesota homes. Experts say ice dams are worse this winter than they’ve been in years. Randy Schmit with the Ice Dam Removal Guys says it’s almost as bad as three years ago, when it was “horrendous.”
This one came to us without a name, but it’s from someone who wanted to know: How do they read our gas meters?
CenterPoint Energy officials say the company broke a new natural gas send-out record on Monday, when an arctic vortex hung over the Midwest causing air temperatures in Minnesota to fall down to 20 degrees below zero.
Before you tear open that December gas bill, prepare yourself. It could be double what it was last month. With colder weather moving in again, natural gas companies caution it could further increase consumption, which has risen as temperatures have fallen this month.
The Department of Energy released its winter fuel outlook and found homeowners with natural gas can expect increases in their heating bills of up to 13 percent.
CenterPoint Energy is requesting permission from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to modify the rates it charges for natural gas. On Fridaty, the company filed an application to request an increase for monthly basic charges for residential customers.
It’s been sitting empty since last winter. But now, the former Neiman Marcus building in downtown Minneapolis is off the market. The state’s largest gas utility, CenterPoint Energy, has inked a deal to purchased the property, according to Twin Cities Business.
Minneapolis city leaders are considering a major change to who provides electric and natural gas utilities. Right now, more than 180,000 customers in Minneapolis get their power from Xcel Energy and 125,000 get natural gas from CenterPoint Energy. Next week, the public will weigh in on a proposal to make those utilities city-owned.
We are expected to see 90-plus degree weather over the next few days. That will have a lot of air conditioners working overtime.