In 2019, CUB helped more than 2,200 consumers cut their energy bills, reduce their carbon emissions and understand the latest in energy policy and trends at more than 100 locations around Minnesota. They are active in their communities by providing educational presentations on an array of energy topics and offering energy bill consultations to Minnesota residential or small business utility customers. Participants in energy bill consultations learn how to better understand their energy bill, find easy ways to save energy and learn about local programs that help them save energy and money while increasing home comfort. All of CUB’s services are free and available to anyone in Minnesota.
Helping people better understand their energy choices is a major part of CUB’s work. In addition to CUB’s regular outreach activity, they participate in other innovative projects, one of which is the Peer Learning Energy Efficiency Cohort. Along with over 10 different organizations and community groups, the focus of the program is to increase the capacity of organizations that represent and work with black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC); low-income households; and renters in the Twin Cities. The program seeks to increase awareness of existing programs that increase energy efficiency and improve program options that can serve these communities.