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A guide to energy efficiency programs for income-qualified households

By Kate Shonk Sustainable Communities Liason Facing high energy prices and the rising cost of living, many consumers want to cut down on their monthly utility bills. In Illinois, consumers have access to energy efficiency programs offered by utility companies–including ones for income-qualified households.  The programs designed for lower-income customers…...

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Natural gas prices continue decline amid Coronavirus concerns

For the fifth consecutive month, most natural gas utilities have lowered their prices from the previous month as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts the market. All prices  are lower than last May.  The price per therm you will pay for natural gas in May, also known as the Purchased Gas Adjustment,…...

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CUB endorsement: Programs to help lower your gas bills!

Over the summer, we asked our CUB Action Network members if they wanted to know more about CUB’s favorite energy efficiency programs. The answer was a resounding: YES! So without further adieu, here is a deep dive into two programs being offered to gas customers in Northern Illinois: the energySMART program from…...

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Good news: Gas prices down by 30-70%

One year ago, Illinois residents were recovering from a polar vortex that pushed natural gas prices as high as a record $1.21 a therm. Flash forward to this spring and gas prices have fallen by as much as 84 cents per therm. The prices change on a monthly basis, but…...

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Bracing for winter? CUB is!

At CUB we’re preparing for another busy winter. Are you ready? In the first half of 2014, CUB’s crew handled 2,507 complaints/inquiries from gas and electric customers reeling from polar vortex price spikes. That’s a 79 percent increase from the previous year. Despite this week’s burst of winter, the cold season isn’t…...

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Your donation doubled

We have some great news today.  A longtime CUB supporter has offered to match all donations!  That’s right:  anything you donate will be doubled today only. This couldn’t have come at a more crucial time.  The utility parent companies have already raked in more than $8 billion in 2014 profits,…...

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