Free clinic to analyze phone, gas and electric bills in Rockford

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The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze electric, natural gas and phone bills at a free clinic to help Rockford residents save hundreds of dollars a year.

Consumers should bring their 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-hosted by state Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, is at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in the lower level atrium of the Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Rockford. To register, call the office of Sen. Stadelman at (815) 987-7557.

At CUB’s clinic, consumers will get information about the following:

• Rockford’s “aggregation” program, and how much consumers have saved on their power bills.

• ComEd’s plan to install digital “smart meters” at homes across northern Illinois.

• How to spot unnecessary charges on electric, natural gas and phone bills.

• CUB Energy Saver,, a free online service that has helped consumers cut energy bills by an average of more than $100 a year.

• The low-cost Consumer’s Choice local-calling plans, designed by CUB under a legal settlement with AT&T. The plans have been saving consumers an average of about $200 a year.

• The best long-distance plans and how to get a $10 credit negotiated by CUB.

• Line-Backer, a costly — and optional — AT&T service that most people don’t need.

• CUB’s Cellphone Savings Center,, which gives tips about how to cut wireless costs.

Attendees should bring their phone, electric and gas bills so a CUB expert can read them.

CUB, Illinois’ leading nonprofit utility watchdog organization, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Created by the Illinois Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, CUB has saved consumers more than $10 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds over the years. For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-669-5556, or visit CUB’s website,

Posted Feb. 5, 2014

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