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Cary man “tickled” to win CUB’s Energy Efficiency Action kit

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Congratulations to Gary, of Cary, IL. He’s the new owner of four LEDs, a smart power strip, and a Kill A Watt as part of CUB’s Energy Efficiency Action Kit Giveaway.

“I was tickled to win!” wrote Gary, who has used CUB to help cut his electric and phone costs by more than $100 a year. “CUB is remarkably informative and productive when it comes to giving consumers the tools needed to control many of their utility costs.”

Gary was randomly selected from more than 200 people who entered the giveaway. It has a value of about $100, and holds the potential to cut energy costs by hundreds of dollars more over the lifetime of the devices. Already a believer in Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs (they’ve helped him save at least $10 a month), he looks forward to trying out an even bigger money-saver, LEDs.

A “proud” CUB supporter, Gary encouraged other Illinoisans to take advantage of CUB’s services to save money.

“CUB is the real deal when it comes to helping people control their utility costs,” he wrote.

Disappointed that you didn’t win? We’ll do more giveaways this Holiday Season, and right now you can download our free Green Gift Guide just by “liking” our Facebook page.

CUB’s giveaway was a great opportunity to spread the word about tools that can make your home more efficient. As we’ve written previously:

The Kill A WattPlug electronics and appliances into this device to instantly Kill A Wattfindout how much electricity they’re using, and how much money they’re costing you. Maybe the old, second refrigerator in your garage is costing you more than it’s worth to keep those cans of soda cold. Or perhaps your new window air conditioner isn’t delivering the energy savings it promised. The Kill A Watt gives you the power to pinpoint energy hogs, so you can find savings on your bill. (Cost: $30)

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LED light bulbEven more efficient and longer-lasting than its cousin, the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb, an LED can save you up to $100 over its lifetime, which can be a quarter of a century. LEDs are fully dimmable and can be used in a variety of sockets. Although the bulbs are more expensive than CFLs and incandescents, LED costs have dropped dramatically over the last few years and easily pay for themselvesand then someover time. (Cost: $10 per bulb on up)

Smart power stripSmart power strip. When you shut off your television, do your DVD player, video game console and speakers stay on? All those hours of “standby” mode can add up, tacking precious kilowatt-hours onto your bill. A smart power strip eliminates this problem. By plugging your television into the “control” outlet, a smart power strip automatically detects when that device is powered off, and cuts off power to connected devices. Smart power strips also contain “constant hot” outlets that are not connected to the control device. That means electronics that you may want to leave on standby, like a cable box, won’t power down completely when your television turns off. (Cost: $30)