Energy Connections Newsletter

December 2022


• Regulatory Rate Review Updates • Energy Efficiency Rebates • Winter Safety • E+ Home Energy Check • Cake Batter Cookie Recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Winter safety • Energy-saving gifts • Staying warm while cutting energy use • Employee feature • Cake batter cookie recipe

This holiday season, you can give the Gift of Energy

NorthWestern Energy gift certificates are a great way to help a family member, friend, or colleague who may be struggling to pay their energy bill. You simply pre-pay a portion of their energy bill, and once we receive your payment, we place a credit on the recipient’s account. Visit to learn more.

November 2022

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Scam awareness • Getting your furnace inspected • Gift of Energy • Bright Magazine • Chicken Buffalo Dip recipe

Sign up for Budget Billing

With Budget Billing, there are no surprises with your monthly energy bill – just one consistent payment amount to plan for.

October 2022


• Top 10 energy efficiency tips • Hunting safety • Pipeline purpose and reliability • Peanut brittle recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Energy Efficiency Tips • Assistance Programs • Payment Options • Peanut Brittle Recipe

Special Notice for Montana customers:

Save energy and money with a free Home EnergyCheck. We also have rebates available for Montana customers.

Winter is just around the corner.

Remember to clear your natural gas meter of snow and ice, and shovel a pathway to your meter after each snowfall.

September 2022


• Energy prices are rising. We're here to help. • NorthWestern Energy's Rate Review • Strawberry Pasta with Sausage recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Fall tree planting • Overhead power line safety • Is your furnace winter ready? • Hunting safety • Budget Billing • Strawberry Pasta with Sausage recipe

Fall is in the air!

Ensure your pilot light is burning bright and your furnace is prepared for cooler temperatures. Get safety tips online.

August 2022

Special Notice:

Prices are rising: we’re here to help.


• E+ Home EnergyCheck • Energy efficiency rebates and incentives • CO and natural gas safety • Internship program • Excess Gas Flow Valve Notice • Pizza Crust Recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Internship program • Natural gas safety • Pipeline markers • Carbon monoxide safety • Excess Gas Flow Valve Notice • Pizza Crust Recipe

July 2022

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• Call center expands jobs • Latest issue of Bright Magazine • Online service improvements coming • Rhubarb cobbler recipe

June 2022

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Support during major storm • Bob Glanzer Generating Station coming online • Alex’s cherry pie recipe

Call before you dig

Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? Know what’s below – call before

you dig.

Smart digging means calling 811 or visiting before each job.

May 2022

South Dakota/Nebraska

• When to call 811 • Recognizing a gas pipeline leak • How to read your bill • Danny’s Lasagna Recipe

April 2022


• Our Net Zero vision • Sustainable procurement and practices • Osprey nests on power lines • Avocado toast recipe

South Dakota/Nebraska

• Our Net Zero vision • Sustainable procurement and practices • Call before you dig • Earth Day • Avocado Toast recipe

Go Green with Paperless Billing

Sign up for paperless billing to help reduce paper waste. Access your bills online anytime at your convenience. We will send an email to let you know when your electronic bill is available online to review.

Learn more at


March 2022

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• How natural gas reaches your house • Annual pipeline inspections • Blarney Stone recipe

Call 811 before inspecting or clearing sewer lines

In rare cases, our small-diameter gas pipeline may have inadvertently crossed through a sewer pipe. If a plumber unknowingly strikes a gas line while cutting through a sewer blockage, this could cause a dangerous release of natural gas. That’s why it’s important to call 811 before any sewer work, even if it doesn’t involve digging.


February 2022

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• How we restore power after an outage • Power outage FAQs • Canadian butter tarts recipe

Special Notice:

Understanding your winter energy bills in Montana

Special Notice:

Understanding your winter energy bills in Nebraska

Special Notice:

Understanding your winter energy bills in South Dakota

What to do if you smell natural gas

If you smell natural gas, leave the area immediately and call 911 from another location. NorthWestern Energy makes it easy for you to detect natural gas leaks by adding an odorant to give it an unpleasant rotten egg or skunk-like smell.


January 2022

Montana/South Dakota/Nebraska

• Staying safe during a power outage • Winter gas meter safety • Carbon monoxide safety • My Energy Account • Downed power lines • Corn Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe

Reminder: Change your batteries

The New Year marks the perfect time to change out the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Keeping fresh batteries in your detectors is important to ensure they are working properly. From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy and safe 2022!


Special Insert

Announcing a new electronic payment service.