Heating Bill Heads Up: Cold Weather Rule Expires This WeekendXcel Energy is reminding customers that the cold weather rule ends this weekend, meaning that households could be cut off from heating if no plans are made to pay energy bills.
Need Help Keeping The Heat On This Winter? There’s A Program For ThatAs a blast of wintry weather slammed Minnesota on Tuesday, officials reminded residents to apply for energy assistance if they need help keeping the heat on this season.
State Issues Reminder On Heating Assistance ProgramAs another blast of arctic air is forecasted to descend on Minnesota this weekend, state officials are reminding residents that assistance is available for households that are having trouble paying their heating bills.
A Home Energy Audit Now Cuts Heating Costs, Ice Dams LaterWe 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.
Minn. Senate Preps Emergency Heating Bill For VoteThe fast-track plan to provide $20 million in emergency heating assistance has been staged for a vote Monday in the Minnesota Senate. But a slight change by the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday will likely to force another House vote on the measure too.
Amid Cold, Rural MN Feels Pinch Of Rising Propane PricesThe extreme cold isn't just uncomfortable. It's becoming expensive, too, especially for homeowners in rural Minnesota who rely on propane to heat their homes. Prices jumped last fall, and with several subzero nights this winter, the cost of propane continues to climb.
10 Sent To Hospital Due To Carbon Monoxide LeakA carbon monoxide leak forced several families out of a northeast Minneapolis apartment building. Ten people went to the hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. No one is in serious or critical condition.
Cold Stretches Inflate Energy BillsBeing warm and comfortable in your home this winter could come with a higher price. Greater energy usage translates to bigger bills. Xcel Energy customers used about 29 percent more natural gas this past December than in December 2012. Customers used about 19 percent more natural gas than expected for December.
Heating Repair Calls Spike During Subzero SnapMonday's frigid temperatures are creating extra work for heating repair companies. CenterPoint Energy has tripled its staff since Sunday and technicians are working around the clock. Smaller heating repair companies are also seeing a big boost in business.
Tips On Heating The House Without Burning Your CashThe average high temperature for December's first two weeks was a mere 17 degrees, making it the sixth coldest December on record.
Cold Weather Rule Goes Into Effect On TuesdayMinnesotans who have trouble paying their energy bills will be protected from the cold again soon. Xcel Energy said the Cold Weather Rule will go into place starting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, and will remain in effect until April 15.
Before You Kick Your Furnace Into High Gear, Get It CheckedThe cold weather has settled in, which means Minnesotans are turning up the heat. But kicking your furnace into high gear can be expensive, especially if you haven't given it proper maintenance.

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