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CUB and DCEO remind residents to apply for $200 million in utility relief available now

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) today reminded residents of utility relief available to low-income families throughout the state. Through Governor Pritzker’s Help Illinois Families program, DCEO has launched over $295 million in utility assistance programming available for low-income households across the state and is accepting applications…...

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A net neutral future awaits Senate confirmation hearings

President Joe Biden’s picks for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are awaiting Senate confirmation. If both nominees are approved, it could mean progress on internet consumer protections. Biden tapped acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel to serve as the agency’s permanent chief on October 25. Rosenworcel has already been serving as…...

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CUB’s new money-saving kit

Below is a list of resources to help you protect yourself from scams, decode your electric bills and find ways to save. Watch this video about identifying alternative supplier ripoffs on your bills: ComEd and Ameren. Learn about the electric market and your options for electric supply: ComEd andAmeren. Your utility’s demand response…...

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Dear CUB members: Thank you

By Bryan McDaniel, CUB Director of Governmental Affairs Couldn’t have felt better to be back at an in-person Health and Information Fair in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago this fall. To connect with people again on such a large scale was meaningful.  Thank you to the CUB members who approached…...

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Upcoming CUB events for November 2021

The chilly, wet days of November are officially upon us, but luckily CUB has a number of events to help you stay warm while saving money. Below is a round-up of events CUB is staffing in November. Most of them are virtual events, which means you can “attend” them and…...

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Memo from the General Counsel: CUB’s consumer battles

By Julie Soderna, CUB General Counsel Below is a rundown of key consumer battles in our caseload. In summary, we helped reduce utility rate hikes by a total of $85 million, and we helped negotiate $2 million in refunds and energy assistance from three alternative suppliers accused of violating state…...

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Ameren takes a step toward smart EV charging—how will it work?

By Sarah Moskowitz, CUB deputy director I don’t often find myself excited about something utilities do,  but Ameren Illinois  surprised me awhile back when they submitted a tariff offering a special program to electric vehicle (EV) owners who charge their cars at home.  The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved the…...

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Chicago residents would save thousands by switching from gas to electric heat, CUB study finds

With winter heating bills projected to balloon by as much 35 percent and Peoples Gas customers struggling to afford the utility’s controversial pipe-replacement program, a study released Thursday by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) finds that Chicago residents could slash their energy costs by up to $47,000 over the next…...

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CUB’s Newest Consumer Guide Aims To Help Renters

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has released a free guide to help renters navigate the utility world. Consumers can order a free, printer-friendly copy of “A Renter’s Utility Guide: Go Green, Cut Costs and Learn Your Rights” by visiting www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org. “It can be difficult for renters to find clear, comprehensive information…...

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Winter preparedness: Weatherstripping

Using weatherstripping in your home to seal air leaks is a simple and effective way to improve energy efficiency and save money on heating bills. Weatherstripping can also protect the integrity of your home’s insulation by preventing warm, moist air from escaping through it.  But before you take a trip…...

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