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Electric bills

They made how much?

We’re fighting the utilities in nearly $1 billion in rate-hike battles, but a review of their parent companies’ 2nd quarter earnings would have more than a few Illinois consumers scratching their heads as to why the companies need all that extra cash. The parent companies of ComEd, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas,…...

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5 things to turn off before you leave the room

by Esther Leonard Most people know to turn off their electronics or the AC before leaving the house. However, few people realize that they can save money while in the house by simply turning off electronics in unoccupied rooms. Before you leave the room, consider turning off these five energy…...

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Victory!

Give yourself a big pat on the back, because you did it! Thanks to 1,100 messages you sent to Illinois legislators, CUB helped win legislation to free up $30 million to improve solar power in Illinois– an effort that would add more power to the grid and lower everyone’s bills!…...

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Integrys Deal Changes

The City of Chicago announced that it has renegotiated its electricity deal with Integrys Energy Services after growing concern among consumers that they might be better off returning to ComEd for their electricity supply.  The new deal splits Chicago households into 10 different “tiers” with accompanying rates that are intended to save consumers money and…...

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CUB helps consumer clean up $1,583 from credit report

When Joseph Guice received a call from a collections agency for an outstanding ComEd bill of $1,583, he knew something was wrong. “I was shocked to see the bill,” Guice said. “Nobody told me that I owed anything.” Before the 87-year-old retired barber moved to a senior home on Chicago’s South…...

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Chicago Power Deal Calculator Video

Not sure which energy supplier will save you money this summer?  Watch our video to find out about a free tool– the Chicago Power Deal Calculator– that will help you decide if the City’s deal with Integrys is right for you: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEkpnQ2HGj8?list=UUnBH1A1X_csFhP4sN0hZVlQ&w=560&h=315]  ...

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Now we’ve seen everything…

At CUB, we’re a pretty thrifty bunch– after all, we spend our days helping consumers shave money off their bills–but even we think this might be going a little far: Eligo Energy, an alternative electric supplier serving the Chicagoland area, is offering a Groupon for a $50 discount on electricity. We’ve heard of alternative electric suppliers mailing, phoning…...

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Free tool helps Chicagoans make big decision: Stay with Integrys or go back to ComEd

CUB and the City of Chicago today launched a free tool to help Chicagoans decide whether they should stick with the City’s power deal with Integrys Energy Services, or switch back to ComEd. Try the free tool at: www.ChicagoPowerCalculator.com. Chicagoans might be surprised when they open their June power bills. They’ll…...

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Kick-start your summer with energy efficiency

Summer has (finally!) arrived and we can’t wait to hit the beach, visit the water park, take some road trips, and barbecue with friends and family! Need a little extra cash to make the most out of your summer?  CUB has compiled a list of energy efficiency incentives that will put some…...

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Watch out for this energy hog

You may be surprised to learn that the biggest electricity guzzler in your house isn’t your TV or refrigerator.  That special honor goes to… your clothes dryer. Dryers use between 1,800 to 5,000 watts per cycle, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Compare that to washers, which only use…...

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