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Go back to school with less paper

Back-to-school time, with new backpacks, fresh notebooks and sharpened pencils, is a great opportunity for you to take stock of your own paperwork and clutter. One easy way is to sign up for paperless billing:

  • Get an email when your bill is ready to view and pay.
  • Choose how you want to pay - online, by phone, automatically or at a payment center.
  • Add text or email payment alerts for an extra nudge.
  • Access up to 13 months of previous bills online. 

 

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New CNG station opens in Lakeville, Minn.

Earlier this summer, the city of Lakeville, Minn., welcomed a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station at the Holiday Station store on Kenrick Ave. The fueling station, built by TrilliumCNG, allows Holiday customers to access natural gas at its public fast-fill station 24/7. This is the second CNG station offered by Holiday, adding to the 1,600 CNG stations currently available in the United States. The station will rely on CenterPoint Energy to deliver the CNG sold at the station.

Many companies with heavy fleet vehicles are converting to CNG due to its environmental and fiscal benefits. The use of CNG allows for a 70-90 percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions and an approximate 20-25 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Among its benefits, CNG costs $1.50 to $2 less than gasoline, per equivalent gallon.

​Save energy, save money

Saving energy with energy-efficient equipment not only makes good environmental sense, it also provides a boost to your budget. You can save money for years to come when you install energy-efficient natural gas equipment, such as water heaters, heating systems and more. And, you’ll see savings when you apply for one of CenterPoint Energy’s rebates.

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​Know what's below – learn more about pipeline markers

Most of us live and work near natural gas pipelines that deliver fuel to our homes and businesses, so knowing their locations is very important before you dig to help prevent potentially dangerous situations. 

Since most pipelines are buried underground, pipeline markers are used to indicate their approximate location along the route. They cannot be relied upon to indicate the exact position of the pipeline. The markers can be found where a pipeline intersects a street, highway or railway. The most common pipeline markers display operator information, type of product and an emergency contact number.

Remember to call 811 before starting any digging project to have underground lines marked.

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Community Partnership grants supports your community

Communities in Arkansas, Minnesota and Oklahoma received support from CenterPoint Energy again this year through our Community Partnership grant program, which handed out $145,525 this year.

"Your continued support helps us promote safety and provide a public service to the community we serve," Fire Chief Tim Holmes wrote in a letter of thanks for a $2,500 grant to buy rescue equipment for the fire department in Brainerd, Minn.

The fire department in Blair, Okla., (pictured) was also happy to receive a grant of $1,525 that will be used to buy helmets and gloves. In the nearby town of Altus, fire officials plan to purchase a thermal imaging camera with their department's $1,500 grant.

Since 2003, the program has awarded 775 grants totaling more than $1.5 million.

Learn more about what CenterPoint Energy is doing in your community.


 

Visit us at the Minnesota State Fair

Once again, CenterPoint Energy is proud to participate in the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 25-Sept. 5. Find us at the Eco Experience's Home Energy exhibit, which features interactive displays and demonstrations. Or, just take a break from the hustle of the fair and cool down, relax, get some free water and giveaways. Speak with experts about the latest in residential natural gas equipment, along with the economic and environmental benefits of domestic natural gas.