The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze utility bills at a free clinic to help Evanston-area 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. CUB’s utility-bill clinic, co-hosted by state Rep. Robyn Gabel and state Rep. Laura Fine, is:

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday, August 31

Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center

1655 Foster St.

Evanston, IL 60201

Note: Please register by calling Rep. Gabel’s office, at 847-424-9898.

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.

*Evanston’s municipal aggregation rate (7.644 cents per kilowatt-hour [kWh] through August 2016 with Homefield Energy), and how it compares to Commonwealth Edison’s standard rate.

*Deployment of smart meters that will open the door to optional power-pricing plans for consumers.

*CUB services, including its toll-free Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556.

* 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.

Attendees should bring their utility bills so a CUB expert can analyze them. 

CUB is Illinois’ leading nonprofit utility watchdog. 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. For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline, 1-800-669-5556, or visit its award-winning website,