The City of Evanston has joined with the Citizens Utility Board to promote a program that they claim can cut your electric bill by an average of $200 a year.

Mayor Tisdahl with David Kolata of CUB.

Just by being one of the first 10,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in Evanston to sign up for the program, you’ll receive a free energy-conserving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. And if your household beats everyone else from Evanston who participates, you’ll win up to 50 CFLs plus a month of free power.

The program was launched Monday at a news conference featuring remarks by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and CUB Executive Director David Kolata. “This is a win-win-win for everyone involved,” said the mayor. “It gives consumers the power to cut the cost of power,” said Kolata.

A pilot version of CUB Energy Saver has been showing participants how to cut their energy usage by an average of about 6 percent, for savings of roughly $200 a year.

In addition to the free CFL bulb and the opportunity to lower your electric bill, there is a rewards component that builds points that can be redeemed for products from major retailers in the area, such as Olive Mountain, Chaz Nutrition & Health, Al’s Italian Beef, LuLu’s Dim Sum, and Happy Husky Bakery.

For more information and to participate in the program, get out your latest ComEd bill and log onto the program’s website at

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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