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Energy Efficiency 101

Energy efficiency is the name of the game over at CUB.  Read this Energy Efficiency 101 guide to find out how saving energy can save you some green: What is it? In simplest terms, energy efficiency refers to using less energy to perform the same task. For example, an energy efficient…...

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So what the heck is a green plan?

Crain’s Chicago Business has shined a spotlight on a “green” plan offered by Ethical Electric, which has been CUB’s biggest source of questions this year among dozens of alternative electric and gas suppliers. A direct mail piece by Ethical is short on detail on the plan’s actual cost, and how it…...

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Julie’s report: Big ICC developments against bad power marketing

Today, CUB sent out an alert from Litigation Director Julie Soderna about two big developments in the battle to clean up Illinois’ competitive electricity market. The consumer watchdog is asking everyone to send a message to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), urging regulators: Don’t stop now! Here’s what’s happened…. Sperian…...

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Give a little bit of your time—to CUB!

Looking for ways to give back? CUB’s Volunteer Program may be the perfect opportunity to do just that. The program consists of consumers across the state who are interested in helping CUB’s Outreach team in and out of the office. Volunteers are asked to do a variety of tasks ranging…...

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7 tips to cut down on data

With more and more cellphone carriers eliminating wasteful “unlimited” data plans, it’s time to start thinking about how you can cut down on data usage and save money. Whenever you send an e-mail, download a photo, or view a Web page, your phone is sending or receiving data. Unlike talk and…...

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Spread the word: It’s Lifeline Awareness Week!

By Samantha Vercellino It’s hard for many of us to imagine not being able to dial a friend, text mom or schedule a work event in our mobile calendars. Phone service has become so intertwined with our daily lives that we forget too many people can’t afford even basic telephone service, and thus…...

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“No solicitors”

Are you fed up with aggressive and misleading door-to-door marketing? At CUB, we consider it our duty to defend consumers from deceptive business practices from alternative electric and gas suppliers (We even helped negotiate $570,000 in consumer refunds from suppliers in 2015). But we need your help to accomplish this…...

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Big Exelon announcement opens the door for Illinois Clean Jobs Bill

Ending months of speculation about the fate of its Quad Cities and Byron nuclear power plants, ComEd-parent Exelon announced today that it would put off a decision about those plants for another year. As consumers brace for higher power bills due to recent electricity auctions, this development provides a unique opportunity to…...

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CUB’s summer vacation

“You have made a tremendous difference in our lives. You made us feel like someone is looking out for the little guys.” Two young parents, for whom CUB helped get the gas turned back on, said those kind words to us in a recent email. We live for helping Illinois…...

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The deal with data

When Verizon announced last week that it would do away with cumbersome long-term cellphone contracts, the company also unveiled another big change: the end of unlimited data plans.  This follows other major carriers, like AT&T, who have also been phasing out unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data packages to best fit customer…...

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