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CUB offers bill consultation

PRINCETON — The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will explain the latest utility issues and scams impacting Princeton consumers, and analyze electric, natural gas and phone bills at a free clinic to potentially help residents save hundreds of dollars a year at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Prouty Community Building.

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 is sponsored by state Sen. Darin LaHood and state Rep. Don Moffitt.

To register, call LaHood’s office at 309-693-4921.

“The key to saving money on your utility bills is simply to read them,” CUB Executive Director David Kolata said. “At a CUB clinic you can sit down with an expert who can explain all the confusing charges, answer your questions, and give you ways to slash your costs. You can’t find a free service like this anywhere else.”

At CUB’s clinic, consumers will get information on:

• How to avoid electricity scams. CUB has received troubling reports from consumers who say they’ve been approached by alternative energy suppliers falsely claiming to be endorsed by the city or the utility.

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

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

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

• Illinois’ best long-distance plans and how to get a $10 credit negotiated by CUB. That amounts to about five hours of free calls.

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

• CUB’s Cellphone Savings Center, www.CUBCellPhoneSaver.com, which gives the latest tips and information to cut wireless costs.

Attendees should bring their phone, electric and gas bills, so CUB experts can look them over.

For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline at 800-669-5556 or visit www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org.

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