6 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill

Paying monthly utility bills, on top of the many other recurring payments, can be hard to manage in these economically challenging times. You do have some options, however, when it comes to the cost of your energy bill.

MSV has compiled a few simple tips to help you use less energy and save money each month:

  • Adjust your heat or air when you are asleep or are not home. Lower or turn off heating devices, AC units, or fans whenever possible.
  • Unplug unnecessary appliances from the outlet when not in use. (Such as a coffee maker or toaster. Always keep things like your refrigerator plugged in.)
  • Turn off lights when not in use and install energy efficient lightbulbs, “such as compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.” (ComEd)
  • If decorating your home for the holidays, be sure to use LED lights, which “use a technology called light emitting diodes and are extremely energy efficient and durable. (ComEd)”
  • Fans use less energy than air conditioners. Use a fan instead, or along with, an AC unit at a lower setting if you can in the summer.
  • Use curtains to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Curtains will help insulate the room in the colder months and keep cold air from the window out. If you have sunny windows, use blinds or curtains to shade your home to keep it cooler in the warm months. (U.S. Department of Energy)


Did you know Marillac St. Vincent offers assistance with CEDA/LIHEAP utility applications and public benefits at both of our locations? For more information, contact the site nearest you:

  • Marillac Social Center (west side):  773-584-3244
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center (north side): 872-760-6149

The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) has been advocating for Illinois consumers since 1983. CUB works to lower utility rates and gain better service from the electric, gas and telephone companies. Over the last 32 years, CUB has saved consumers more than $20 billion by blocking rate hikes and winning consumer refunds. You can call CUB at 312-263-4282 or visit their website to learn more about your utility bills and how you may be able to lower them.

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