Free clinic to help you pay less each month for your utilities

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The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic this Saturday, May 7th to help local residents save potentially hundreds of dollars a year.

Consumers should bring their gas, electric and phone bills for a free, one-on-one consultation with a CUB expert, who will search for ways to lower their utility costs.

The clinic, co-sponsored by state Sen. Don Harmon, will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7th at Greater St. John Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller Ave.

CUB will give consumers information on:

*how to spot unnecessary charges on natural gas, electric and phone bills,

*energy efficiency programs and rebates that can help people cut their utility bills,

*installation of ComEd’s new digital electric meters and programs such as Peak Time Savings and Hourly Pricing that could save consumers money,

*CUB Energy Saver, a free online tool that recommends actions consumers can take to cut their electric bills. The service tracks real savings and rewards participants with shopping and restaurant gift cards for reducing electricity usage.

*other CUB services, including its toll-free consumer hotline (1-800-669-5556).

Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, it has saved consumers more than $20 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds.

To register for Saturday’s event, call (708) 848-2002.

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