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June 1: The day a 30% increase in power prices took hold in Central, Southern IL

The fight against a 30 percent increase in power prices is heating up, just as the hike takes hold in Central and Southern Illinois. Here are the latest developments: The new prices took effect on June 1: 5.974 cents per kWh (zone 1) 5.911 cents per kWh (zone 2) 5.966…...

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Beat the heat—and high energy bills this summer!

By Samantha Vercellino As the temperature rises, here’s a checklist to help you stay cool—and save money—through another scorching Illinois summer. Make sure your AC is sized properly. Contrary to popular belief, a larger unit will not cool a room better. Unlike an oversized AC unit, a properly-sized one will be more…...

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“Always-on” electronics costing consumers billions

“Always-on” electronics and devices cost users $19 billion per year when not in use, according to a new report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). $19 billion.  Billion with a “b.” That’s about $165 a year in extra electricity expenses for the average household.  How is this possible? It’s…...

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Congrats to CUB’s “Green in 2015 Giveaway” winners!

By Samantha Vercellino Congratulations to Valeri DeCastris of Rockford and John Ivory of Arlington Heights! Both are the lucky winners of a $100 top prize for participating in CUB’s “Green in 2015 Giveaway.” “I’m just so thrilled to have won, especially since I have been a CUB member and huge supporter…...

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Editorial roundup: the battle to protect electric customers in Springfield

Springfield is abuzz with two very different pieces of energy legislation, one that could help electric customers and another that could hurt them. One is  the Illinois Clean Jobs bill (House Bill 2607/Senate Bill 1485), which would increase energy efficiency and renewable energy standards in Illinois.  A CUB analysis found that the…...

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Mythbusters: Energy Efficiency Edition

Earth Day reminds us that we can all go a little greener in our day-to-day lives. But first we need to dispel a few tall tales about energy use. That’s why we’re presenting you with a little Mythbusters: Energy Efficiency Edition.   1.) MYTH: Turning off electronics means they’re not using energy FACT: Electronics are…...

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Is your home (energy) ready for the summer?

By Samantha Vercellino Summer cannot come soon enough. But before warmer weather arrives, follow this simple checklist to get your home ready for the months ahead. 1) Dust off the grill. Haul the dusty grill out of the garage—it’s time to enjoy backyard barbecues. Since grills keep heat out of the…...

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