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CUB in your neighborhood: February events

As part of CUB’s 35th Anniversary Clean Bill Campaign, we’re aiming to staff at least 500 events across the state in 2019. On any given day, our Outreach team can be found in various neighborhoods, helping consumers find errors on their bills that cost them money, and enroll in energy…...

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Do robocallers know where I am?

Last week my cell phone rang, and the caller ID said it was my young son’s afterschool program. I don’t get calls from afterschool, so immediately I thought that my son was sick or hurt. But when I picked up, it was just a robocall, specifically the Chinese consulate scam,…...

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Act Now: The battle for a better electric bill

You may not know it, but the latest battle against bad deals is happening right on your electric bill. You’ve heard us tell all the horror stories of people paying skyrocketing bills at the hands of an alternative electric supplier. And you’ve heard us emphasize that one of the best…...

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Consumer victory, part 2: $1,000 in credits from Sprint!

Last spring, CUB helped Moira Melendez land a $797 credit from Sprint for a “free” phone that turned out to be anything but. So when the wireless company gave her more trouble this year, she didn’t think twice about reaching out to CUB again. The trouble began when her Sprint…...

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CUB Tips: Heat your home safely, efficiently amid a polar vortex

The frigid weather descending on Illinois is such a concern that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has issued a disaster declaration to free up resources if needed during what he called “potentially historic” cold. You too should be prepared as the polar vortex blasts the Chicago area: Make sure you are heating…...

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CUB’s Guide to Reducing Robocalls

Earlier this month, we received such a passionate response to our call to action on robocalls (1,500+ signed our petition!), that we’ve created CUB’s Guide to Fighting Robocalls. “Robocalls have become more than a nuisance,” Mary Anne wrote on CUB’s Facebook page. “I have been getting the same ones for years…...

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Consumer saves almost $600 with Hourly Pricing

ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program is a great way to save money, not to mention practice wise energy use. One consumer, Jim, recently attended a CUB utility-bill clinic to tell us how Hourly Pricing has saved him hundreds of dollars! Hourly Pricing allows customers to pay the hourly market rate for…...

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Key solar updates from CUB

Illinois is on the brink of a solar boom—and we want to keep you informed of all the latest updates. Community Solar Updates: Community Solar will make the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy available to people who rent, live in multi-unit buildings, or for other reasons cannot install…...

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ComEd’s Hourly Pricing: How to calculate the customer capacity charge

Want to know your capacity charge before signing up for ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program? Here’s how to calculate it: Go to this page: https://secure.comed.com/MyAccount/MyService/Pages/UsageDataTool.aspx, choose “View Summary Data Online,” and “Add” the your ComEd account number. Click “View Usage Data” and it’ll take you to a results screen showing vital stats. …...

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Latest CUB research good news for EV drivers

The World Electric Vehicle Journal recently published CUB’s paper on electric vehicle (EV) charging. Researched and written by CUB Executive Director Dave Kolata and Director of Research Jeff Zethmayr, Charge for Less: An Analysis of Hourly Electricity Pricing for Electric Vehicles compares what customers of Illinois utility Commonwealth Edison would have paid in…...

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