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Illinois: huge consumer of energy

ILLINOIS -- People in Illinois use more energy than people in other states.
ILLINOIS -- People in the state use more energy than people in other states. The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) shows Illinois' households use 44% more energy than the national average; the most anywhere.

Heating and air conditioning are the main reasons why, followed by appliances and water heaters. Houses here tend to be older and larger than in other states.

CUB says newer, more efficient appliances can help. You may want to do an energy audit of your home and take advantage of rebates from utility companies.

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