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Associated Press, Published December 21 2011

Coalition offers energy tips to Minot homeowners

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A coalition of utility companies, nonprofit groups and public officials is working to help Minot residents keep their energy bills down in the week of major Souris River flooding earlier this year.

Flood recovery coordinator Jason Zimmerman says some Minot homeowners are likely to experience higher energy bills this winter for a variety of reasons that include people living in temporary housing and people moving in temporarily with family or friends.

Officials are offering a number of energy-saving and safety tips, ranging from unplugging holiday lights when away or asleep to limiting the opening and closing of doors.

Xcel Energy, Montana Dakota Utilities and Verendrye Electric also are urging people with difficulties paying winter heating bills to call to make payment arrangements.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.