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New Ameren Illinois Utilities Energy Toolkit is the Key to Treasure Chest of Savings for Residential Customers

The Interactive Way to Save at ActOnEnergy.com

PEORIA, Ill., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren Illinois Utilities residential customers now have a powerful new Web tool, the Energy Toolkit, which is designed to help them spend less by using energy more efficiently.

"With the click of a mouse, customers now can see where their energy dollars go, how their energy use compares with others and the steps they can take to reduce their bills by reducing the amount of energy they use," said Harvey Neverman, Act On Energy™ Customer Service business consultant.

The Energy Toolkit is located on the Ameren Illinois Utilities Act On Energy Web site (www.ActOnEnergy.com). When signing on for the first time, customers will need a copy of their bill to obtain a "User ID" and "Password."

Upon entering the toolkit, users will be able to view personalized billing information for the current period and even for the past 24 months.

Customers then can use the toolkit to:

  • See how your energy usage stacks up against that of others and whether your energy usage is above or below the average of all customers.
  • Learn where your energy dollars go (heating, cooling, cooking, water heating, etc.).
  • Receive advice on how to reduce your energy spending without sacrificing comfort.

"One of the most valuable toolkit features allows customers to determine just how much they can actually save by replacing existing appliances with high-efficiency ENERGY STAR qualified appliances. People often are pleasantly surprised when they learn that by purchasing new high-efficiency appliances they can reap significant savings over the life of that appliance," Neverman said.

"We have designed the Energy Toolkit as the easy to use way for customers to take control of their energy bills. By investing a small amount of time, customers will discover practical and often inexpensive and even no-cost ways to spend less on energy by using less energy."

Customers who are not Internet active still may take advantage of the Energy Toolkit by calling the Ameren Illinois Utilities (AmerenCILCO - 1-888-672-5252; AmerenCIPS - 1-800-789-2477; AmerenIP - 1-800-755-5000).

Ameren Illinois Utilities residential customers can visit the Act On Energy Web site to purchase high-efficiency compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) at sharply discounted prices. There also are special energy efficiency incentive programs for business customers. Complete information, including energy conservation tips, is available at www.ActOnEnergy.com.

The Ameren Illinois Utilities have been providing safe, reliable energy delivery service for more than a century. The Ameren Illinois Utilities deliver energy to 1.2 million electric and more than 840,000 natural gas customers in about 1,000 communities, while helping customers spend less by using less energy and communities grow through economic development initiatives.

SOURCE: Ameren Illinois Utilities

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/