Connexus Employees

No rate increase
three years in a row

Good news for our members. For the third year in a row, there is no planned rate increase. That’s because the Connexus Energy Board and employees continue to find effective ways to manage costs. That includes some of our bigger projects like solar plus storage and AMI automated meter reading.

New initiatives are helping to reduce costs and, in turn, we are able to pass on the savings to our members. We are doing this while still maintaining one of the most reliable and efficient distribution systems in the Midwest.

Understanding your electric bill

Member reviewing billEver wonder what makes up your electric bill? On your monthly statement, the typical electric bill is broken down into three components:

Cost of basic service – This charge does not change monthly, regardless of how much or how little electricity you use during the month. It covers the cost of providing safe, reliable electric service.

Residential energy charge – This is the charge based on the amount of electricity you use, and it usually varies from month to month. Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh). One kilowatt-hour is equivalent to the amount of power used by ten 100-watt bulbs for
one hour.

Power cost adjustment – This also varies. Depending on wholesale power prices, it is either set at zero, as a small surcharge, or a credit. It reflects the changes since the rates were set in the cost of fuel and purchased wholesale power.

More electricity use in winter

Evening lighting

Even if you don’t use electric heat, you may notice that your electric bills are higher during the winter months. Here are five reasons why this can happen:

  1. Most heating systems use electricity for some functions, such as operating the fan, and many run almost continuously when it’s very cold.
  2. You may be using space heaters in garages, basements, or other
    unheated spaces.
  3. Shorter days and longer nights mean lights stay on longer both inside and out.
  4. Electric blankets and heating pads also add to your electric bill.
  5. Engine block heaters on your cars or equipment, or heating wraps on exposed plumbing, will increase the amount of energy you use.

Dog by fireEnergy efficiency tip of the month

A crackling fire in the hearth warms the house, but don’t let it heat up your electric bill. Caulk around the fireplace hearth and keep the damper closed when a fire is not burning.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Co-op cuisine

Bagel DipBagel Dip


  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 16 oz mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Accent seasoning
  • 2 tbsp dill weed
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 2 packages each of Carl Buddig ham, turkey, and beef

Mix all ingredients together. Serve with cubed “everything” bagels or pretzel crackers.

Community Calendar

Driver Improvement Program 55+
January 9
February 20, 27 & 28
March 13
To pre-register, call 1.888.234.1294
Sponsored by St. Cloud State University
Held at Connexus Energy

Connexus Energy Annual Meeting
April 16, 4:00 p.m.
Held at Connexus Energy