News Flash

Latest News

Posted on: October 11, 2019

Tips to Avoid Energy Scams

Electric Meters

The Village of Skokie has received reports of aggressive door-to-door sales representatives from alternate energy suppliers for electricity and natural gas. At times, these individuals will say that they represent the Village of Skokie, Commonwealth Edison or Nicor Gas, demanding to see a resident's utility bill. Often, they promise lower rates and try to lock residents into a long-term contract. These rates fluctuate and may end up being higher than Commonwealth Edison and Nicor rates.

The Village of Skokie is a member of the Electricity Aggregation Consortium. The Consortium monitors electric utility rates of local electric suppliers and initiates purchasing agreements that maximize electricity supply savings. Previously, the Consortium had entered into a contract with MC Squared Energy Services. The Consortium current does not have a supply contract due to the risk of rate increase. Therefore, the current recommendation is select Commonwealth Edison at this time.

The Village requires door-to-door solicitors to obtain a license that must be visible when the solicitations occur. Report aggressive door-to-door solicitors to the Village Manager's Office at 847/933-8210 or, during non-business hours, to the Skokie Police Department non-emergency number, 847/982-5900. If you think you've been scammed, call the Village as suggested, but also contact your energy provider and consider filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Here are some tips for avoiding energy scams, should you choose to open your door to solicitors:

  • Know who the salesperson represents. Don’t assume that wearing clothing or carrying a clipboard with a company logo you recognize means the salesperson actually works for that company. Ask to see identification, including proof of employment by an energy company.
  • Protect your personal information. This means more than guarding your Social Security, bank account, and credit/debit card numbers. Don’t show any door-to-door salesperson your energy bill, which will include your utility account number.
  • Know your current energy providers. This will head off that utility bill request above. You get bonus points for knowing the rate you’re paying for electricity or natural gas. (It’s also on the bill).
  • Pay attention to the details of an energy contract. What’s the rate? How long will it last? What happens when it ends? Are there fees, including cancellation fees?
  • Be aware. Visit the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker to learn more about potential scams in your area.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Latest News

Skokie Community Forum Table Photograph (jpeg)

Skokie Community Forum II Summary Report

Posted on: December 6, 2019
fall leaves

Leaf Collection Update

Posted on: December 3, 2019
Block party photograph - children and fire fighters

Skokie Through the Lens: Faces of Skokie

Posted on: November 27, 2019
snow plow on street

Be Prepared for Alternate-Side Parking!

Posted on: November 27, 2019
Public Works Snow Plow

Skokie Public Works Snow Heroes!

Posted on: December 3, 2019
November December 2019 NewSkokie Masthead

November/December NewSkokie

Posted on: October 25, 2019

Recycling Guidelines

Posted on: October 22, 2019
Village Hall Google Images

Recreational Cannabis FAQs

Posted on: November 22, 2019
8000 North Rendering

8000 North Website Information

Posted on: November 8, 2019
Drinking Water Supply (002)

Lead Water Line Resident Survey

Posted on: April 16, 2019
ComEd Tree Trimming Photo

ComEd Begins Tree Trimming

Posted on: October 3, 2019
Crawford Avenue

Crawford Avenue Update

Posted on: June 12, 2019