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Tuesday, June 21, 2011   

CHICAGO - Today is the first calendar day of summer, and two Illinois groups are getting together to help you save some money on your warm-weather utility bills. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) are urging ComEd and Ameren customers to take advantage of $178 million in new rebates and discounts on energy-saving measures.

Rob Kelter, senior attorney for the ELPC, says some of the incentives cover simple things like changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs, while others can help with such things as insulation and air conditioning.

"Get a discount for tuning up your air-conditioning unit. That can save you up to 20 percent on your electric bill during the summer."

Kelter says a simple thing like changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs will get you a discount and a savings of $40 over the life of the bulb.

"Today there have been so many improvements in these bulbs that the light is as good if not better than the light from incandescent bulbs."

The discounts and rebates are part of Illinois' energy-efficiency standard that is designed to reduce energy consumption in Illinois by 25 percent by 2025.

CUB and the ELPC are hoping the program can save Illinois consumers $200 million a year in lower energy bills.

More information is at www.actonenergy.com





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