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Oh well, we didn’t need that $12 billion anyway

On Earth Day, we want to alert you that the Energy Department wants to reverse a plan to improve light bulb efficiency standards. And that could lose the average household about $100 a year in savings. President George W. Bush originally strengthened bulb efficiency standards. It was a bright idea that saved…...

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Earth Day tips to help you go green and save green

On Earth Day, it’s a good time to evaluate how you can be more energy-efficient. At CUB, we believe energy efficiency not only helps the environment, but also can help save you money. Here are some quick tasks you can do this Earth Day that can save some green for the…...

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Net neutrality passes House…what’s next?

Roughly 83% of Americans across a broad political spectrum support net neutrality: the idea that Big Telecom/Cable shouldn’t have a say in how you use the Internet you pay for. Yet since the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality in December 2017, independent research has shown that Internet service providers…...

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Making History: The results of Illinois’ first solar lottery

By Christina Uzzo CUB Environmental Outreach Coordinator  In a first in state history, the Illinois Power Agency (IPA) held a lottery to determine which proposed solar projects would receive funding through a new state program called the “Adjustable Block Program.” Hundreds of projects won funding, including 112 community solar projects…...

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A chance to double your impact today

An Illinois family has just made an amazing offer to CUB in memory of a special young man. Today, if you take a stand against rate hikes and fight for clean, low-cost energy, the family of Chris Conrad will match your generosity dollar for dollar. Today, you can be twice the…...

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CUB honored by generous donation in memory of Chris Conrad

Illinois man remembered as kind-hearted seeker of knowledge  As the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) celebrates its 35th anniversary, we are honored to receive a generous memorial gift from the family of an Illinois man, Chris Conrad, who had a lifelong passion for shining a light on inequity and injustice. The…...

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URGENT: Help defeat a bad bill

Emergency action alert: We need your help TODAY to defeat a huge bailout for dirty power plants and other power generators. It’s bad legislation—and it could be on a fast track for passage in Springfield. Amendment #4 to Senate Bill 2080 would: Increase electric bills statewide by at least $1 billion and likely more by…...

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CUB in your neighborhood: April events

April is a busy month for CUB’s Outreach team: As part of our 35th Anniversary Clean Bill Campaign, we’re aiming to staff at least 500 events in 2019. The campaign’s goal is to clean utility bills of bad deals and wasteful spending, and to educate people about opportunities with clean…...

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Earth Day Giveaway and More

Earth Day Giveaway To celebrate Earth Day (April 22), CUB is giving away a smart thermostat! For the entire month of April, you can enter to win a free Nest or Ecobee smart thermostat. We will announce a winner on May 1. Find out more here! Also… CEJA moves forward…...

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How electric vehicles could cut your power bill, even if you don’t drive

The surging popularity of electric vehicles on American roads could actually lower power bills for all electric consumers, even those who don’t own cars, a new CUB study found. The key is for policymakers to adopt key measures necessary to manage how EVs get charged. The study, Charging Ahead: Deriving…...

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