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Preparing for an Expensive Summer: Your Energy Efficiency Shopping List

In 2021, homes across the country used about 235 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity to cool their homes–that’s about 16 percent of total residential energy consumption. So as we prepare for an expensive summer, it pays to improve your home’s efficiency. CUB put together a  home-improvement shopping list for better energy…...

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CUB Alert: Apply Now for LIHEAP Utility Bill Assistance Before May 31 Deadline

With an expensive summer ahead, we urge consumers to apply now for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding before the May 31 deadline. Households at or below 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible for LIHEAP funding. To help consumers prepare to apply, we are holding two…...

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Q&A: June 1 Electricity Price Spike in Central and Southern Illinois

What’s happening on June 1?  On June 1, the price for electricity will more than double for Ameren customers across Central and Southern Illinois, costing customers hundreds of dollars in higher power bills over the next year. How much will this price spike cost me?  Ameren’s summer “price to compare”–the supply…...

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Tips for fighting high summer bills

Energy efficiency can help soften the blow of high summer bills. Check out some top tips to stay cool, safe and energy efficient: Be safe. Efficiency means staying safe and cool, while reducing your energy waste. Raising your thermostat by a few degrees and using a ceiling fan can lower…...

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Worried about expensive utility bills? Check out these resources for Illinois consumers

As energy prices skyrocket and an expensive summer approaches, CUB has compiled a list of resources to help consumers who are struggling with their bills. Please share this blog post  with your friends and family.  If you or someone you know is having trouble paying for utility services, the first…...

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CUB Earth Month Survey Winner

Congratulations to Kevin of Calumet City for winning our Earth Month Survey giveaway! Out of 330 entries, he was randomly selected to receive a pack of 10 LED light bulbs, which could help him cut his electric bills by hundreds of dollars over their lifetime. We asked people how they…...

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Upcoming CUB events in May 2022

Happy May, everyone! Summer is just around the corner and it could be especially expensive for many Illinois consumers. Below you will find several CUB events this month that can help you improve energy efficiency at home and protect your bottom line. We hope to see you there. 10:00 –…...

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Q&A: Landmark clean energy legislation paying off with about $1B in monthly credits on ComEd bills

What happened?  While ComEd’s electricity price is going up on June 1, historic clean energy legislation that Illinois adopted last year is paying off for ComEd customers in the form of a monthly credit estimated to average about $18 to $20 on electricity bills starting June 1st. In a filing…...

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In May, natural gas prices reach their highest point in more than a decade

Many natural gas customers in Illinois are paying the highest prices in more than a decade, with most utilities charging nearly $1 a therm or more in May, according to gas price data filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).  This latest development shows that even though winter is over,…...

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The UN’s Bold Climate Change Solution

A United Nations panel has released its third and final report on climate change, and following the dire warnings in the first two installments, this one strikes a hopeful tone with scientists’ plans for the world’s path forward. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the last…...

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