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CUB will outline energy 
money-savers in McHenry

McHENRY – The Citizens Utility Board will give McHenry residents tips to slash their energy bills in a free talk Aug. 28.

The talk, sponsored by state Sen. Pamela Althoff, will be at 7 p.m. at the McHenry Municipal Complex, 333 S. Green St.

“Illinois has seen record-breaking temperatures this summer, and consumers are understandably worried about rising energy bills,” CUB Executive Director Dave Kolata said in a news release. “But CUB has some great tips and tools to help consumers cut costs.”

CUB will present information about Illinois’ newly competitive electricity market, helping consumers navigate the dozens of power suppliers that offer plans.

The consumer group also will alert residents about, a free online tool with hundreds of actions consumers can take to cut their natural gas and electric bills.

Users link their ComEd bills to to monitor their savings, and participants receive points for every kilowatt-hour of electricity they save.

Points are redeemable for coupons at local and national businesses.

CUB Energy Saver has been showing consumers how to cut their bills by an average of about $130 a year, according to the news release.

CUB also will talk to residents about ComEd’s Real-Time Pricing program.

Participants who switched to Real-Time Pricing have saved an average of 15 percent on their electric bills, according to the news release.

Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers.

Since then, it has saved consumers more than $10 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure consumer refunds.

For information, call 1-800-669-5556 or visit


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