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Nicor hike cut by 27%–but still too high for CUB

CUB helped reduce Nicor Gas’ record-high rate-hike request by more than $62 million, but the watchdog’s work isn’t over: it will challenge the state regulatory ruling to try to save consumers more money. On Oct. 2, just as the winter heating season began, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) granted Nicor…...

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Five things to remember about your bills

In our first-ever “virtual utility bill clinic,” CUB members from 64 different cities across Illinois submitted their utility bills to get CUB’s unique utility-bill checkup service from the comfort of their own homes. CUB holds 400-500 events a year, but the virtual clinic was an attempt to reach people who…...

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Take the home heating quiz

October is the beginning of the winter heating season (GULP!) and it’s also Energy Awareness Month. This is the perfect time to take CUB’s Home Heating Quiz and test your energy knowledge. You could win a free energy-saving kit from CUB that includes: two LED light bulbs, a smart power strip, and…...

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CUB alert: Your utility’s October gas prices

Here are the gas prices you can expect to pay this month to the regulated gas utility in your area: Nicor Gas: 29 cents per therm Ameren: 35.869 cents per therm Peoples Gas: 28.26 cents per therm North Shore Gas: 32.45 cents per therm In honor of Energy Efficiency Day…...

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New power prices for Oct. 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020

Did you know that ComEd and Ameren are charging new prices for electricity? It’s important to know what these prices are in order to make an apples-to-apples comparison with alternative electric supplier offers (called the “price to compare”). WARNING: These prices are likely your best bet—since 2015, Illinois consumers with…...

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Top to bottom: Is your home ready for winter?

It may not feel like winter yet, but the battle for your heating bills begins right now. Here’s a top-to-bottom checklist to get your home ready. Outside the house Repair damaged shingles. Inspect your gutters. If they’re filled with leaves, that can lead to winter damage to your home’s siding…...

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Action can’t wait

A long-awaited ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reward dirty power generators and raise consumers’ power bills has been delayed until at least Nov. 29, and possibly 2020. But while the ruling may be delayed, the need to protect Illinois consumers from bloated bills is not. The General…...

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Another Reason Illinois Must Act

Last week, President Trump reversed a 1968 decision allowing California to set more stringent car emissions standards than the federal government—a blow to the growing electric vehicle (EV) industry. Here’s why we should care about this in Illinois: 1) The latest move by the Administration just reinforces the urgency of…...

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CUB “helped save my company from bankruptcy”

Kudos to Annie, CUB’s Bilingual Consumer Rights Specialist! She helped Devin correct an $82,000 mistake by ComEd that threatened to shut down his small business. “CUB is a vital resource. You guys helped save my company from bankruptcy,” Devin said. And kudos to you too! The support of Illinois consumers…...

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CUB sounds the alarm on $864 million in higher power bills

CUB Executive Director David Kolata talks to 103.5 KISS FM about CUB, our 35th anniversary, and an upcoming Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling that threatens northern Illinois consumers with up to $864 million a year in higher power bills. Listen to the interview, and read our Q&A about the…...

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