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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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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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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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Q&A: Landmark clean energy legislation paying off with about $1B in monthly credits on ComEd bills

What happened?  Historic clean energy legislation that Illinois adopted last year is paying off for ComEd customers in the form of a monthly credit estimated to average about $20 on electricity bills starting June 1st. In a filing with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), ComEd announced it would give customers…...

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The UN’s Bold Climate Change Solution

A United Nations panel has released its third and final report on climate change, and following the dire warnings in the first two installments, this one strikes a hopeful tone with scientists’ plans for the world’s path forward. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the last…...

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CUB Donor Exclusive Tote Bag Giveaway

It’s not every day that we can promise your opportunity to lower utility bills is in the bag.  But that’s the case today since CUB is giving away free tote bags to generous donors who contribute $50–perfect for a day at the beach, a picnic, or a sustainable trip to…...

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For Earth Month (and every month): Fight Climate Change at Home

You can reduce your carbon footprint with a few simple tips to help you save money, save the planet, and save your peace of mind. Utility-Based Programs  Check with your utility about any energy efficiency programs available to residents.  Free at-home energy assessments are offered by ComEd and Ameren. They…...

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In Another Month of High Gas Prices, CUB Alerts Consumers to New Protections

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) urges people struggling to pay their heating bills to contact their utility to find out what protections and relief are available, as natural gas prices continued to soar. The price spike coupled with aggressive spending by gas utilities has caused many consumers to pay hundreds…...

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