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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Just when we thought we were out of the woods, another record-breaking arctic blast has taken the country hostage. We know many of you are dreading your impending utility bills, so before it’s too late, find out how to cut costs and avoid the polar vortex punch. First, join CUB…...

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Bulb winner just won 4 LEDs–up to $400 in savings!

Congratulations to Calvin from Rockford for winning our drawing this week!  Calvin will receive 4 LED light bulbs, up to $400 in energy savings, after his name was randomly selected from the people who took our survey on new light bulb efficiency standards. “I appreciate CUB being a watchdog for…...

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Punched by the “polar vortex”? A shopper’s guide to home thermostats

This week’s weather may not have the “polar vortex” edge of early January, but it’s not exactly tropical. Temperatures in the single digits tend to get people thinking about how to save money on electric and gas bills. Finding the right thermostat plays a crucial role in regulating your heat—and…...

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Say hello to LEDs

New federal efficiency standards marked the death of the traditional incandescent light bulb in 2014. You have three new options for bulbs now: incandescents that meet the new standards (usually made with halogen), compact fluorescent lights (CFL), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We’ve made a nifty infographic for you to learn more…...

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The polar vortex and your utility bill

In the middle of the “polar vortex” cold snap, one of @cubillinois’ followers Tweeted a great question: Was the frigid weather going to be a profit boon for energy companies?  The answer is yes and no, and requires delving into how your utility bill is broken down.  Your electric and…...

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Tell the ICC: Protect the Ameren rate cut!

It’s not often you get good news about your electric bill, but Ameren customers were happy to hear that the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) ordered a $45 million electric rate cut, which went into effect on Jan. 1. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for Ameren to file a “petition for…...

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New year, new electric rates

ComEd introduced a $340 million rate hike starting in 2014. With your help, we are challenging the increase with a “petition for rehearing.” But in the meantime, we want you to know about the new rates you’ll be seeing on your bill. The increase is part of a state law to…...

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Kink in Illinois law leaves renewable energy funds untouched

A fund created to support renewable energy is projected to exceed $140 million by September—but state officials don’t have the authority to touch the bulk of it. We are asking Illinoisans to tell legislators to tweak the law so that wind and solar power can become a bigger part of…...

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CUB on Fox Chicago: How to keep your home warm in the bitter cold

CUB’s consumer alert sparked a live interview on Fox Chicago. A cold snap like this shows how important energy efficiency is! Watch CUB’s Fox interview here....

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7 tips for protecting your home from the ‘damn cold’

The experts say Illinois is getting slammed by a “polar vortex,” a rotating pool of frigid air bringing dangerous, record-low temperatures and wind chills of up to 50 degrees below zero. But one Chicago native had a simple way of describing it: It’s “damn cold.” The same energy efficiency tips…...

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