| Feb 1, 2014
| 9:05 PM
FREDERICK, Md. — Roscoe Bartlett was rattling off the prices of giant bags of rice, wheat and corn, sold cheaply at Sam's Club. The former congressman from rural, western Maryland expressed bewilderment that every American doesn't stockpile such...
| Feb 16, 2014
The hangtag on your door says ComEd installed a "smart meter" on your home. Now what?
There's a slew of products available to help you take advantage of the technology to lower your energy usage and save money. But knowing what will work with the new...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 3:38 PM
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Solar jobs in the U.S. climbed nearly 20% in the 14 months through November as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar.
As of November, solar companies had almost...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 1:57 PM
The final phase of a ban on incandescent light bulbs goes into effect Wednesday, leaving consumers with pricier energy-efficient options that are expected to save people money over time.
Beginning Jan. 1, the production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:45 AM
Naperville residents who were expecting a 2 percent hike in the cost of electricity this year will have to brace for an increase that’s triple that amount.
The City Council began debating this week how to address a budget deficit projected for its...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 2:14 PM
Naperville residents are likely to see their electric rates spike 6 percent this spring instead of the 2 percent they expected.
City officials discussed the rate hikes Monday in light of a $14 million deficit in the utility's budget. It also is short...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 5:46 PM
Susan Martucci figured her latest electric bill might be higher because of the crazy cold weather, but the bill she got was just plain crazy.
"When you are used to a bill around $150 or so, $650 is way, way off," said Martucci, of Salisbury Township....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Following a series of fits and starts, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval Wednesday for his first Chicago Infrastructure Trust project, but only after the work was scaled back again due to lack of interest from investors.
The trust’s initial...
| Sep 4, 2013
Across the nation, cities are taking advantage of deals for cheaper electricity made possible by low-cost natural gas. But not in five Chicago suburbs and more than 200 other Midwestern towns that made a big bet on coal.
Almost every month, Batavia,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Batavia officials are considering an electric rate increase or an increased sales tax to help pay for the city's participation in an energy project that is costing the city millions.
In advance of a March vote on whether to increase rates or taxes,...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 7:27 AM
The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank.
In all, the plug-in hybrid...