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September gas prices are out, prepare for winter heating season now

We’re officially one month from winter heating season. Based on future prices, we’re looking at a painful winter, especially as 1 in 6 Americans are struggling to keep up with their utility bills.  About 80 percent of Illinois homes heat with natural gas, and the past winter was their most…...

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The EV Buyer’s Handbook: A summary

For your convenience, we offer this summary of the EV Buyer’s Handbook. You can order the full guide for free on our guide order form.  Introduction An electric vehicle is any car or truck that plugs into an electric socket. It has a battery that stores energy to power an…...

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Are you ready for when the cold wind blows? Here’s a winter prep list

With the winter heating season beginning Oct. 1, it’s time to get your home ready for cold weather. Outside: Repair damaged shingles, windows and doors. Clear your gutters of any leaves or debris to prevent any roof damage. Inspect your yard for any tree branches that could interfere with power…...

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ICC orders $38 million ComEd scandal refund – a step forward, but not enough

After an investigation sparked by the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) has ordered scandal-plagued ComEd to give customers a $38 million refund. But CUB says it’s not enough. “A ($38 million refund) only partially compensates customers for ComEd’s misconduct — people deserve better in…...

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Alert: LIHEAP has reopened applications

With another potentially expensive winter ahead, CUB urges consumers to apply for Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, now that the application process has reopened. Households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for LIHEAP funding. The application period runs from Sept. 1,…...

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CUB statement on refund connected to ComEd scandal

We are disappointed in today’s Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) ruling, and we plan to file a petition for rehearing. A $36 million refund falls short of the refund recommended by CUB, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the City of Chicago. Further, this case was limited to direct costs and…...

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Breaking: Inflation Reduction Act is signed into law

The nation has taken a historic step forward in fighting costly climate change and lowering utility bills through energy efficiency with passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). President Biden signed the IRA into law on Tuesday, August 16, The landmark energy bill passed the U.S. House on Aug. 12…...

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City of Chicago commits to 100% renewable energy by 2025

The City of Chicago has announced its transition to 100% clean energy by 2025, making it one of the largest city governments in the country to commit to reducing its carbon footprint.  “I am incredibly proud to advance this commitment to transitioning all city operations to 100% renewable energy by 2025,”…...

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Here’s what you need to know about alternative electricity suppliers

During high-priced times, many consumers wonder if they should switch to an alternative supplier.  However, when energy prices are up, alternative gas and electricity suppliers are often impacted by the same market conditions, so be careful about getting lured into bad deals. And two recent articles help drive that point…...

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CUB explainer: The Inflation Reduction Act

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that supporters say would represent the nation’s largest investment in energy efficiency in history, and its biggest and best attempt yet to fight climate change.  The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) aims to reduce inflation by increasing corporate tax revenue by closing loopholes and supporting…...

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