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Making a difference: CUB helps consumer find solar–and a $0 electric bill

With CUB’s help, Bob Kaplow, a Dundee resident, participated in a solar group-buy program in 2019, and he saved money.  The program, formerly Solarize Chicagoland, is now called Grow Solar and CUB will help promote it again in 2022. The program is led by CUB and the Midwest Renewable Energy…...

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Grow Solar Chicagoland 2022: Join our Virtual Solar Power Hour with MREA

We’re holding a special, interactive Facebook Live event with Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to inform Chicagoland consumers about an innovative program that has helped participants use solar power to collectively cut their electric bills by tens of thousands of dollars. This joint online event will answer consumer questions about…...

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Attention Ameren customers: Prepare yourself for higher electric bills with help from these programs

Starting on June 1, customers across Central and Southern Illinois will see a dramatic increase in the price of electricity and up to $580 in higher electric bills over the next year. Below are Ameren programs that can help lessen the burden of your utility bills this summer. If you…...

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Preparing for an Expensive Summer: Your Energy Efficiency Shopping List

In 2021, homes across the country used about 235 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to cool their homes–that’s about 16 percent of total residential energy consumption. So as we prepare for an expensive summer, it pays to improve your home’s efficiency. CUB put together a  home-improvement shopping list for better energy…...

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CUB Alert: Apply Now for LIHEAP Utility Bill Assistance Before May 31 Deadline

With an expensive summer ahead, we urge consumers to apply now for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding before the May 31 deadline. Households at or below 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for LIHEAP funding. To help consumers prepare to apply, we are holding two…...

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Q&A: June 1 Electricity Price Spike in Central and Southern Illinois

What’s happening on June 1?  On June 1, electricity prices across Central and Southern Illinois are set to about double, according to a filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC). How much will this price spike cost me?  Ameren has said bills could increase by around $48 a month, or hundreds…...

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Tips for fighting high summer bills

Energy efficiency can help soften the blow of high summer bills. Check out some top tips to stay cool, safe and energy efficient: Be safe. Efficiency means staying safe and cool, while reducing your energy waste. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees and using a ceiling fan can lower…...

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Worried about expensive utility bills? Check out these resources for Illinois consumers

As energy prices skyrocket and an expensive  summer approaches, CUB has compiled a list of resources to help consumers who are struggling with their bills. Please share this blog post  with your friends and family.  If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for utility services, the first…...

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CUB Earth Month Survey Winner

Congratulations to Kevin of Calumet City for winning our Earth Month Survey giveaway! Out of 330 entries, he was randomly selected to receive a pack of 10 LED light bulbs, which could help him cut his electric bills by hundreds of dollars over their lifetime. We asked people how they…...

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Upcoming CUB events in May 2022

Happy May, everyone! Summer is just around the corner and it could be especially expensive for many Illinois consumers. Below you will find several CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you there. 10:00 –…...

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