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What’s going with clean jobs training in Illinois?

by Cate York, CUB sustainable communities liaison The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) of 2016 was huge. It ramped up energy efficiency programs for ComEd and Ameren customers, exploded the solar economy, and created low-income programs to extend the benefits of clean energy to all Illinoisans. But what about the…...

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We have a winner: CUB’s Earth Day giveaway

Congratulations to the winner of CUB’s Earth Day giveaway: Bernadet of Naperville! She will be receiving a Nest smart thermostat, allowing her to control her home’s temperature from anywhere with her smartphone or tablet, and save on her electric bill. Smart thermostats are a great way to make your home…...

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Last chance: Win a free smart thermostat!

Some important notes on the last day of the month: 1) Don’t forget! CUB is giving away a free smart thermostat, but you need to enter before midnight tonight to be eligible. Click here for a chance to win a free Nest or Ecobee thermostat! 2) If you’re a ComEd…...

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Don’t miss your savings: Deadline to enroll in Peak Time Savings is tomorrow

Attention ComEd customers: If you haven’t already signed up for Peak Time Savings (PTS), tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, is the last day to do it in order to participate in the program this summer. (Enroll here. It’s easy!) PTS earns you a credit on your electric bill when you reduce your…...

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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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Cool features on ComEd’s website to help you save

Don’t just pay your bill online and log off: Take advantage of ComEd’s site, which has features to help you save on your electric bills and become more energy efficient. Energy Doctor. Energy efficiency is one of the best ways to reduce your electric bill. You can send a question to…...

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Tips to make the most of ComEd’s Hourly Pricing

With ComEd’s Hourly Pricing, a program that charges the hourly market rate for electricity instead of the standard fixed rate, you could see average savings of 15 percent on the supply portion of your electric bill by shifting your energy-usage to hours when power prices drop (like nights and weekends).…...

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How much does your phantom load affect your electric bill?

Phantom load–sometimes called “vampire power”–refers to home appliances still using energy even after you turn them off. So what impact does that have on your electric bill? About 10 percent of your energy costs come from wasted power. The National Resources Defense Council found phantom loads account for $19 billion…...

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Can you take the heat? Summer savings tips

Summer is around the corner, so make sure your home—and wallets—can handle the heat. Check your HVAC system. Have a professional check your HVAC system. Consider cleaning your air-conditioning unit’s filter once a month, but at the very least once every three months. It’s an easy way to improve the…...

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