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Travel On A Budget This Labor Day Weekend

Here are some helpful tips to keep costs down while enjoying a safe and enjoyable trip over the Labor Day weekend.

08/20/2014

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Good Question: What Difference Does A Few Degrees Make On Heating Bills?

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.

01/28/2014

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Good Question: Which Electronics Are Costing You The Most?

Every year, the average American family spends more than $100 on energy costs to power appliances that have been turned off. These “vampire appliances” – like televisions, cable boxes, DVD players, etc. – continue to use power once we turn off the power switch. According to the Department of Energy, this vampire power accounts for 4 to 5 percent of the energy use in a home. As is the case with almost all appliances, when we turn something “off,” it’s still usually “on” in standby mode.

11/18/2013

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Good Question: Why Do Our Heating Bills Fluctuate So Much?

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.

10/09/2013

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’: Twins Leftovers, Stop Signs & Mileage

When Janice Godlewski and her nephew went to the Twins game in April, it was called off. So she asked: What do the Twins do with all the food that was made?

06/21/2013

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Good Question: Why Do Gas Prices Fluctuate So Wildly?

The first two months of 2013 have not been much fun at the gasoline pump. Prices keep rising, changing all the time.

02/27/2013

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3M Gets $3 Million Investment To Make Efficient Fuel Cells For Cars

The Department of Energy announced Thursday it will make an investment of $3 million in Minnesota-based 3M Co., so as to help it develop cost-effective and efficient fuel cell systems.

03/29/2012

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Gov’t To Pay Xcel $100M To Settle Lawsuit

Xcel Energy says it has reached a $100 million settlement with the federal government over costs the company incurred because the Department of Energy failed to remove used nuclear fuel by a 1998 deadline.

07/08/2011

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St. Paul Mayor To Unveil Large Solar Installation

The installation of a large collection of solar panels atop the St. Paul RiverCentre is complete.

03/17/2011

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Iron Range Project Off Fed’s Priority List

The U.S. Department of Energy’s list of priority projects no longer includes the $1.4 billion coal gasification plant in the Iron Range, which critics of the plant say means it has fallen out of favor in Washington.

12/06/2010

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