Speaking of high energy bills...
By Stephanie Zimmermann, Chicago Sun-Times
March 24, 2011 — The Fixer has long touted the nonprofit Citizens Utility Board and its programs as a way for consumers to save on electric, natural gas and phone bills. Now CUB is running a contest with seven employers and institutions in Evanston to see who can save the most in electric costs, and they will award two lucky consumers a year’s worth of free electricity.

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Consumers also can win rewards points for gift cards and discounts.

And the best part is the contest is open to all ComEd customers — you do not have to live or work in Evanston to participate.

Here’s how it works:

First, go to cubenergysaver.com/evanston to sign up.

Pick which one of the seven teams you want to join: Evanston Township High School, NorthShore University HealthSystem, City of Evanston Employees, Rotary Energy EconoMisers, St. Francis Hospital, Northwestern University Employees or District 65.

All year, each team will try to recruit as many new people as they can for the CUBEnergySaver.com program. At the end of 2011, CUB will award a prize to the team that recruits the most new people and a prize to the team that tallies up the biggest combined savings on their electric bills.

Then they’ll choose at random two lucky participants from those teams to win a free year’s worth of electricity, courtesy of CUB.

Again — you do NOT need to live or work in Evanston to participate. (The teams are all Evanston-based because Evanston beat out hundreds of other Illinois communities in an earlier CUB contest.)

The way we see it, no one really loses in this contest, because even if you don’t win the free year’s worth of electricity, you’ll still learn ways to cut your electric bill every month. Each participant will get a personalized plan to cut their utility costs as well as reward points for cutting their ComEd bills. The reward points can be redeemed for gift cards or discounts at hundreds of local and national businesses.

The program is free — no strings attached. What’s not to love about that?