The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will analyze electric, natural gas and phone bills at a free clinic to help Forest Park residents save hundreds of dollars a year.

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:

7 p.m.- 9 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21
Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd.
Forest Park, IL 60130

Note: To register, please contact the library at 708-366-7171.

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

* ComEd’s plan to install digital “smart meters” at homes across northern Illinois.

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

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

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

* The best long-distance plans and how to get a $10 credit negotiated by CUB.

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

*CUB’s Cellphone Savings Center,, which gives tips on how to cut wireless costs.

Attendees should bring their phone, electric and gas bills so a CUB expert can read them. 

CUB is Illinois’ leading nonprofit utility watchdog organization. Created by the Illinois

Legislature, CUB opened its doors in 1984 to represent the interests of residential and small-business utility customers. Since then, CUB has saved consumers more than $10 billion by helping to block rate hikes and secure refunds over the years. For more information, call CUB’s Consumer Hotline at 1-800-669-5556 or visit CUB’s award-winning website,