Taking on Utility Rate Hikes

Taking on Utility Rate Hikes

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family   By Mary Van Beusekom When Dale Jeske of New Hope heard about a proposed CenterPoint Energy rate hike last fall, he took out paper and penned a letter to the Public Utilities Commission. The retired accountant and his wife, Vivian, both 87, live on Social Security and are concerned about not being able to afford to heat their home. “It’s harder to budget money when everything is going up,” he said. “I think they should bite the bullet and …

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family AARP’s focus during the 2014 Legislative Session will be strengthening the financial security of Minnesotans.  Whether nearing retirement, or putting their kids through college, AARP is fighting to put financial security within reach for Minnesotans who work hard and plan for their future. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, and protect utility customers from unfair price increases and the possibility that they could lose land line telephone service, AARP is focusing on …

AARP Focused on Financial Security for Unpaid Family Caregivers

AARP Focused on Financial Security for Unpaid Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family Today, more than 42 million family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion in unpaid care for their loved ones.  The estimated value of the care provided by family and friends in Minnesota is $8.9 billion annually. As the population ages, the number of workers providing care for their aging parents or relatives is on the rise. Family caregivers often struggle to balance work and family care giving responsibilities that can create financial hardship especially when caregivers lose income or have …

Have Your Say on Utility Increases

Have Your Say on Utility Increases

Posted on 01/16/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family Are you having a problem with your home energy bill? Wonder where to turn because your power service is unreliable? Do you want to voice your concerns about prices? As a home energy consumer, you have certain rights: a way to file complaints, voice your concerns and other consumer protections. AARP is fighting to save you money on your home energy bills and wants you to be an informed and engaged consumer. Understand Your Consumer Rights Minnesotans have a strong …

Get Help Paying Heating Bills

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family With winter temperatures dropping and heating costs rising, AARP Minnesota encourages people struggling to pay their utility bills to apply for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program. The program helps low-income households pay their heating bills, fix broken heating equipment and avoid disconnections when late on payments. Individuals with annual income up to $22,694 and couples with income up to $29,677 may be eligible. Minnesotans can apply whether they own or rent their homes. To learn more, go to mn.gov/commerce/energy/consumers and …

Join AARP In Opposing Excessive CenterPoint Rate Hike

Join AARP In Opposing Excessive CenterPoint Rate Hike

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family Winter is here and in Minnesota our heating bills are already going up, up, up because of the cold weather. Now, CenterPoint Energy is proposing to raise our gas rates even higher.  They are requesting an annual rate increase of $44.3 million, or an approximate 5% increase for its natural gas customers. AARP is very concerned about several parts of this rate increase request and we urge you to weigh in. We are especially concerned that those Minnesotans that can …