The Citizens Utility Board will hold a free clinic to help East St. Louis residents avoid scams and save potentially hundreds of dollars a year on their utility bills.
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 is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at Clyde C. Jordan Senior Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis. People should register for the event by calling Anairis Boror, CUB Outreach Assistant, at (312) 263-4282 ext. 111, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Use the subject line: “East St. Louis 4/11.”)
Tracey Hall, St. Clair County’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program coordinator, will be at the clinic to help consumers apply for financial assistance and to answer questions about assistance. People interested in applying should bring the following items:
*Copies of current heat and electric bills.
*Proof of gross income from all household members for the last 30 days.
*Social Security cards or letters for all household members.
*Proof of other assistance the household receives, such as TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.
Also, 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.
* Programs such as Peak Time Rewards and Power Smart Pricing that could save consumers money.
*How to avoid scams and make the right choices in the electric market.
Attendees should bring their utility bills so a CUB expert can analyze them.
CUB is a 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 website, www.CitizensUtilityBoard.org.