Utilities

3 Questions When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates

Posted on 05/31/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAcross the country, a number of gas and electric companies are looking to increase their customers’ bills. The cost of everything is going up, but sometimes utilities ask for too much. Here are 3 questions you should ask the next time your utility company tries to raise your rates: 1) When rates go up, will quality improve? Is the utility being held accountable for providing reliable service? 2) What impact do raised rates have on the company’s profit? Is the …

AARPLive is Back!

Posted on 01/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s a new year and a brand new season of AARP LiVE on RFD-TV. Don’t miss the next edition coming up Thursday, January 17th at 9pm CT, 10pm ET. You’ll get expert advice on how to save money on utilities, find out where you can go to get help with filing your taxes, and learn the warning signs that an older loved one may need help. Joining RFD-TV host Mark Oppold on-set are AARP State Directors Sarah Jennings(SD) Sean Voskuhl(OK), …

Our *Yet Unprinted* Response To The Chicago Tribune’s ComEd Fable…

Posted on 12/21/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsA couple of days ago the Chicago Tribune ran an editorial that was supposed to make us all feel sorry for ComEd and their oh-so-difficult-struggles to implement a so-called smart grid. It went on to explain how each time ComEd has tried to raise their rates unchecked or how when ComEd refused to refund consumers’ money that was rightfully theirs, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) got in the way. WOW, what was the ICC thinking…*sarcasm*  As many of you know, AARP Illinois (and thousands of our members), …

A Cruel, Cool Summer

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | General News | Comments

Money & SavingsThis is a guest post from Deb Whitman, AARP’s Executive Vice President of Policy As we watch the thermometer creep up to temperatures that make us perspire just thinking about them, this summer could end up as a particularly cruel, burdensome one for seniors and others who have trouble when it comes to paying for cooling and other energy costs. According to a new report by AARP’s Public Policy Institute, average residential electricity costs have increased by more than 42 …

Time to put a stop to ComEd’s greed

Posted on 06/29/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHello, blog readers! This is Gerardo from the AARP Illinois communications team! It didn’t really take long for ComEd to reveal the true nature of its so-called ‘smart grid’ law, and guess what? It’s not about modernization, it’s not about jobs – it’s about taking more of your hard-earned money by charging higher rates. The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) – the state’s main regulatory agency – recently ordered ComEd to reduce its rates by $169 million in 2012.This was not …

ComEd Owes You Money – And They Won’t Pay Up!

Posted on 03/28/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi Illinois friends! This is Gerardo, from the AARP Illinois Communications Team…. I’m sure you’d agree with me – if somebody owed you some money, you’d want them to pay up as soon as possible. What if that somebody owed you $37 million? Well, utility giant Commonwealth Edison owes its Northern Illinois customers $37 million dating back to 2007. The State has ordered them to pay, and pay soon. And ComEd is fighting the order in court. Can you believe …