Gas

Learn about your gas bill and see an apples-to-apples comparison of gas suppliers in Illinois. (For money-saving tips and information on incentives, please visit our Energy Efficiency page.)

Understanding Your Bill

Choosing Another Supplier

  • Gas Competition—A Guide for Nicor Gas Customers
  • (Note: CUB also offers a more advanced guide, which shows you how to spot rip-offs on your bill and includes a comprehensive list of alternative supplier offers and how they compare with the regulated utility. Get a free copy of CUB’s new “Guide to Avoiding Gas Rip-offs” emailed to you.)
  • Gas Competition—A Guide for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Customers
  • [/list](Note: CUB also offers a more advanced guide, which shows you how to spot rip-offs on your bill and includes a comprehensive list of alternative supplier offers and how they compare with the regulated utility. Get a free copy of CUB’s new “Guide to Avoiding Gas Rip-offs” emailed to you.)

    Need Help Paying Your Utility Bills?

    Energy Assistance: Questions and Answers. Qualifying low-income households in Illinois can get help paying their energy costs.

    The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, LIHEAP is designed to help eligible low-income households pay for winter energy service.

    Peoples Gas Share the Warmth. Administered by the Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA), Share the Warmth provides heating grants to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers who make a payment toward their bills receive matching grants of up to $200.

    North Shore Gas Share the Warmth. Administered by the Community Action Partnership of Lake County, Share the Warmth provides heating grants of up to $200 to limited and fixed-income households. Eligible customers usually have to make a payment to receive a matching grant.

    Nicor Gas Sharing Program. Qualified residential customers can receive a one-time annual Sharing Grant of $350 or $400, with no requirement to pay back. The program is administered through the Salvation Army.

    Warm Neighbors Cool Friends. This Energy Assistance Foundation program provides year-round energy bill payment assistance and home weatherization to make harsh winters and hot summers bearable for families in need. Eligible households can receive up to $700 a year to help pay for energy costs ($350 during the heating season and $350 during the cooling season).

    Ameren Payment Assistance. Ameren Illinois offers several forms of financial assistance, including short-term, one-time payment extensions and fixed monthly payment agreements to settle past balances.