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CUB’s money-saving events in February

February may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s still plenty of time to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your utility bills. Below are the free events CUB is offering throughout the state this month. We hope to see you at an event in the near future.…...

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Advocates urge City Council to propose cheaper, cleaner way to heat new buildings in Chicago

Today, advocates gathered at City Hall to urge the Chicago City Council to pass a “Clean Buildings, Clean Air” ordinance that would establish emissions standards for newly constructed buildings. The ordinance would ensure new buildings in Chicago are built to be fossil-free with efficient appliances that lead to improved indoor…...

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Alert: LIHEAP has reopened applications

With another potentially expensive winter ahead, CUB urges consumers to apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, now that the application process has reopened. Households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for LIHEAP funding. The application period runs through May 31,…...

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Joint Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the Citizens Utility Board

Today, Peoples Gas is expected to file for a $402 million rate-hike request, which represents close to a 60% increase over the rates approved by state regulators  in 2015. As part of the rate-hike filing, Peoples Gas has indicated that it is including the $207 million the utility is currently…...

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Tips for staying safe, warm and energy-efficient during Illinois winters

Illinois winters are notorious for snowfall and below freezing temperatures. Here are some tips to stay warm, safe and energy efficient. (You can find more tips and information about energy prices at CUBHelpCenter.com.)  Staying safe in low temperatures Check on neighbors and loved ones. If you or someone you know…...

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Kick off 2023 with CUB’s money-saving events in January

Happy New Year, everyone! This month, we have a jam-packed schedule of on-line and in-person events across the state to help you save money in 2023. We hope to see you at an event in the near future. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9: Going Electric: On the Road…...

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Save energy and money with these winter efficiency tips

With natural gas prices high, it’s important to be aware of ways to save energy and protect your bottom line. Here are some tips for Illinois’ rough winter:   Get rid of the clutter. Make sure heating vents are open and not blocked by furniture or carpet. Clean dust from vents…...

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Get ready for 2023 with CUB’s money-saving events in December

This is a roundup of free events taking place throughout the rest of 2022. This year, CUB’s outreach team staffed over 350 events across the state. As consumer advocates, we’ll never give up—and that’s why we’ll continue putting on events dedicated to saving you money and keeping you up-to-date on…...

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Sunshine & poses: Skokie resident’s solar snapshot wins CUB’s Clean Energy Scavenger Hunt

Congratulations to Robert of Skokie for winning CUB’s Clean Energy Scavenger Hunt! We asked for clean energy-themed photos, and his picture was randomly selected out of all the submissions to win $100. Check out his winning photo, featuring his brother in front of a school outfitted with solar panels in…...

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Illinois has lowest average power bills in Midwest for 10th straight year

For the tenth consecutive year, Illinois had the lowest average electricity bills in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Illinois, which at one point had the highest bills in the Midwest, has now had the lowest since 2012. The EIA, the statistical arm of the Department of…...

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