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.
The 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.
The 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.
A 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.
Being 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.
Monday’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.
The average high temperature for December’s first two weeks was a mere 17 degrees, making it the sixth coldest December on record.
Minnesotans 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.
The 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.
It’s that time of year to rake the leaves — bags upon bags can be seen lining the streets.
We could probably all use a little help cutting down on energy costs, considering the average Minnesotan will spend around $700 this winter heating their homes.
Minnesota will receive $73 million in federal funds to help low-income Minnesotans pay their heating bills, the Minnesota Department of Commerce announced Saturday.
This week an awful lot of us fired up our furnaces for the first time. And for some, including a Minneapolis family, there are problems.
Minnesotans who have trouble paying their energy bills will be protected from the cold again soon.
The Minnesota Twins open their season Friday in Toronto and open their second season at Target Field a week from Friday against Oakland. So, if the weather doesn’t warm up much by then, now fans will be a bit better off than last year.