Like many goods and services we use every day, the price of natural gas has increased. Click here to learn more about why natural gas prices have increased.
Illinois Energy is one of the region’s premier alternative natural gas suppliers. We want to make sure you are equipped with the right tools to manage your natural gas budget.
We recommend that customers consider our Guaranteed Bill Plan. The Guaranteed Bill plan guarantees you’ll pay a flat monthly bill amount for 12 months regardless of changes in gas prices or weather.* We also offer PriceGuard Plans that come in a variety of term lengths and help protect you from further increases in natural gas prices by locking in a fixed price per therm.* Click here to find the plan that best suits your needs.
Selecting the right price plan is an important part of protecting your budget this winter – but that’s not all you can do. Below are several additional tips to help reduce the impact of these rising costs.
How can I manage my natural gas costs?
- Turn your thermostat down when you’re away or asleep. You can save as much as 10% a year on energy costs by turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. Many thermostats can even be programmed to automatically turn down the temperature during times you know you’ll be out of the house or asleep.
- Ensure your heating system is operating efficiently. A clean system is an efficient system. Clean or replace furnace filters once a month or as recommended. Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Make sure your heating system isn’t blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
- Take a home energy assessment. A home energy assessment can help you understand the whole picture of your home’s energy use. It can also help identify and prioritize areas to improve the comfort and efficiency of your home. Visit https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/do-it-yourself-home-energy-assessments to learn how to perform a do-it-yourself assessment or contact a local professional to assist you. Visit https://www.energy.gov to learn more energy-saving tips.
Energy Assistance Options
If you are worried about paying your bill or missing a payment due to financial hardship, there are financial assistance options available to you. Please visit https://keepwarm.illinois.gov/ for a comprehensive list of energy assistance options.
Illinois Energy℠ (IE) is not the same entity as your gas delivery company. You are not required to enroll with Illinois Energy. Beginning on 12/1/2022, the Nicor Gas gas supply cost rate is $0.85 per therm. The utility gas supply cost will expire on 12/31/2022. Beginning on 12/1/2022, the North Shore gas supply cost rate is $0.4580 per therm. The utility gas supply cost will expire on 12/31/2022. Beginning on 12/1/2022, the Peoples Gas gas supply cost rate is $0.5527 per therm. The utility gas supply cost will expire on 12/31/2022. For more information go to the Illinois Commerce Commission’s free website at www.icc.illinois.gov/ags/consumereducation.aspx.
*Enrollment eligibility is subject to Illinois Energy’s credit and payment policies, and other eligibility requirements. The PriceGuard and Guaranteed Bill plans are subject to their respective Illinois Energy terms and conditions of service, which can be found at www.illenergy.com. The PriceGuard Plan or Guaranteed Bill Plan may be higher than the price of traditional utility service at any time during the term of your agreement, but your price for natural gas will not change as you are guaranteed the PriceGuard price or Guaranteed Bill flat monthly price you’ve enrolled on for the contract term. There are no early termination charges associated with the PriceGuard Plan or Guaranteed Bill Plan. Illinois Energy does not currently have a qualifying Commission-approved guaranteed savings plan under which it can serve customers who have received financial assistance under the LIHEAP program in the previous 12 months or who currently are on PIPP.