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CEJA sponsors reintroduce bill, pledge to pass legislation by May

Members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition today reintroduced a stronger Clean Energy Jobs Act, with a pledge from bill sponsors to pass the comprehensive energy legislation in the General Assembly by May 2021. “The days of ComEd, Exelon, Ameren, and big fossil fuel companies…...

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Amid pandemic and ComEd corruption scandal, community advocates launch push for Clean Energy Jobs Act

Legislative leaders along with a coalition of consumer and community advocates, including CUB, on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of the Clean Energy Jobs Act  (CEJA), aiming to pass Springfield’s most consumer-friendly energy bill by the end of May. Join the Fight for CEJA! Saying Illinois faces an economic and public…...

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Worst cold snap in two years—tips on staying safe, warm and energy-efficient in Illinois winters

In recent weeks, Illinois has been hit with snow and dangerously cold temperatures—the worse conditions since the polar vortex of January 2019.  Here are some tips to stay warm, safe and energy efficient.  Staying safe in low temperatures Check on neighbors and loved ones. If you or someone you know…...

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Helpful information and tips on wireless 9-1-1

By Joseph Giamberdino Calling 911 on a traditional landline phone means the dispatcher can automatically trace your call to the exact address–but most emergency calls are now made with a cellphone. Wireless 911 is not 100 percent accurate. Here’s what you should know about mobile cellphones and emergency calls.   Who…...

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Electric/water/gas issues, clean energy top list of consumer interests

People on CUB’s email list are most interested in electric, water and natural gas news, with clean energy and telecom topics a close second, according to a survey of supporters of the watchdog group. Throughout the month of January, CUB asked supporters to fill out a survey, “What CUB content…...

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Natural gas prices hold steady in February

Natural gas prices for February are largely holding steady from last month, with no utility fluctuating more than 3 cents per therm from January. The price per therm you’re paying for natural gas in February, also known as the Purchased Gas Adjustment, or PGA, is shown in the chart below.…...

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Submit a pet photo for #WatchdogWednesday, and you could win $50!

February is Responsible Pet Owners’ Month—and to celebrate, we want to see your favorite pet photos. So what do pets have to do with utilities? A lot! Keeping your home safe, warm and energy efficient is good for your pets as well as your energy bills. And, each week we like…...

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News from CUB: Updated LIHEAP fact sheet provides key steps to getting help to pay your utility bills during pandemic

Amid the worst public health and economic crisis in Illinois history, CUB is spreading the word about how families can get help paying their utility bills.  Check out these resources: Our newly updated fact sheet, Energy Assistance: Questions and Answers. Our infographic on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),…...

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CUB’s upcoming virtual events for February

Want to learn more about ways to save money on your utility bills, get your bills analyzed and learn more about consumer protections? Check out our upcoming events for the month of February! We are continuing to host our events virtually due to COVID-19 to keep you safe and up-to-date…...

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Efficiency tips for staying safe on a cold, snowy day

Practicing energy efficiency is the safest and most reliable way to stay warm during the winter. CUB presents these tips to follow during winter storms and in extreme cold. We wish you all safety and health! Keep your home at a steady, safe temperature (about 68-70 degrees). Blasting the heat…...

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