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Electricity supplier choices for ComEd customers

There are several electricity supplier choices available to ComEd customers. Following are typical “Prices to Compare” from highest to lowest:

ComEd Fixed Rate: 7.7 cents per kWh
Individually Selected Supplier: 5.9 to 7.0 cents (typically add ~0.5 cents for “green” option)
Community Selected Supplier: 5.5 to 6.0 cents
ComEd Hourly Rate “RRTP”: 4.5 to 6.0 cents (going to 4.0 [...]

Program your thermostat for ComEd hourly electricity savings

Significant savings is available by programming your thermostat to schedule your air conditioning.
The largest fixed cost in your ComEd hourly electricity bill is usually the “Capacity Charge.” The Capacity Charge is a fixed monthly cost based on your electricity usage during the ten hours in the previous summer where the system-wide and ComEd-area load was highest.
By pre-cooling your [...]

Simple cell phones at a low cost

Is low cost a high priority? And high-tech features a low priority? Then TracFone may be a good solution for you.
TracFone has cell phone plans that cost as little as $5 or $10 per month including all taxes and fees. Although the phones don’t have all the features of a smartphone you can still do texting and limited web [...]

An update on Illinois Cash for Clunker Appliances

An update on Illinois Cash for Clunker Appliances…
… the last day to buy a water heater was February 21, 2010.
… the last day to buy a furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or boiler is April 5, 2010.

Introduction to ComEd hourly electricity pricing

ComEd has two electricity pricing plans: (1) the standard plan that is based on a fixed rate, and (2) an hourly pricing plan. In addition, there are both individually-selected and community-selected alternative electricity suppliers. For more info see Electricity supplier choices for ComEd customers.
ComEd is northern Illinois’ electricity utility and the hourly pricing plan is [...]

Illinois Gas Company Rebates

In addition to the rebates mentioned in my Illinois Cash for Clunker Appliances post there are also rebates available from natural gas companies.

Illinois Cash for Clunker Appliances

The money could run out quickly… Illinois’ Cash for Clunker Appliances program runs in two phases.
The first phase is January 31 through April 5, 2010, and is for furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, boilers and water heaters. Rebates range from about $350 to $1200. Water heater rebates ended February 21st.
The second phase is April 16 through [...]

Cheap home phone service: switch to VoIP

Tech Alert: Medium
Want to save money on your home phone service? Then switch to a “Voice over IP” (VoIP) telephone service. VoIP uses your Internet connection to connect your telephone calls to the normal telephone network.

Welcome to The Frugal Nerd

How can we use technology to save money? This is the kind of question to be answered in this blog…
Please comment with your ideas for topics.