The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will hold two free “Utility Bill Checkups” and give out money-saving light bulbs to show Evanston residents how to save potentially hundreds of dollars on their telephone and energy bills from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

At CUB’s “Utility Bill Checkup,” customers will also get information about the following programs:

• Consumer’s choice local-calling plans. Because these are under a price freeze for at least the next three years, consumers can avoid unnecessary charges such as AT&T’s Line-Backer service and receive a $10 credit with a different long-distance deal.

• The CUB Cellphone Saver,, an online tool that automatically analyzes individual wireless bills. The Cellphone Saver, created by Texas-based Validas, can show consumers how to cut their wireless bills.

• Rebates and other incentives of up to $1,500 for making a home more energy-efficient. Information about these can be found at

Attendees should bring their phone, electric and gas bills so CUB experts can look them over, search for any errors, and give cost-cutting tips. All participants will get a free CFL for showing up at the event (one per family).

For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit