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Spark Energy

I had a few guys drop by my place asking me to switch to Spark Energy. I didn't do it but did start looking into it a bit and found this site. Looks like we have many choices in the supplier of our energy.. Anyone have any thoughts on a better choice then ComEd, has anyone else switched?
http://pluginillinois.org/default.aspx

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Ice Cream Shop

Anyone remember an ice cream shop on Chicago and Ashland ave.

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Family of Slain White Sox Food Vendor from Brighton Park Waits for Answers

Ramirez crashed into two vehicles before hitting a median in the 400 block of North Ashland Avenue.

6 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Integrys Energy, I'm opting out, here's why

I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge:...

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I thought it was odd that the city opted me IN automatically for a new energy supplier, Integrys, so I did a little math to make sure the deal was right for me. Here it is:

Integrys Energy
Flat Fee: $9.06 (Since I'm in a multi-family condo building, it would be $22.36 for a single family home. This rate is subject to arbitrary monthly increases.)
Per kWh: $.05299

ComEd (no flat fee)
Supply Charge: .04604 per kWh
Transmission Service Charge: .00919 per kWh
Purchased Electricity Charge: .005 per kWh (this fluctuates but has never been more than .005 per kWh for me, so I'm using the highest number I have)
Total Per kWh: .06023 per kWh (This is the current price subject to market-based increases)

So say you use 500 kWh one month.
With ComEd your supply charges would be .06023 x 500 = $30.12.
With Integrys your supply charges would be .05299 x 500 = 26.495 + 9.06 = $35.56

To get the breakeven point, change the 500 to 1250 kWh and you get about the same bill from each company at current prices ($75.29 vs $75.30). I don't know about you, but I'll never use 1250 kWh in a month.

So I thought, maybe there's an environmental benefit since they claim our energy will be sourced from non-coal, such as wind and nuclear. Looking at their Environmental Disclosure (which every energy company must submit to the state), the company as a whole gets 51% of their energy from coal. ComEd only gets 44% from coal.

Links to both Environmental Disclosures:
Integrys disclosure: http://www.icc.illinois.gov/downloads/public/filing/2/12/13/20691.pdf
ComEd disclosure: https://www.comed.com/Documents/about-us/environmental-commitment/Environmental_Disclosure_Ending%202013012.pdf

So I will be calling Integrys and opting out today. You have until April 21st, contrary to what their document says. Here's Integrys Energy's number if you want to chat with them: (888) 802-2885

Do your own research to see if it's right for you, I just wanted to share my research.

  • Thank you so much windycityzow! As a low energy user, I definitely just opted out. The Integrys guy said they staff that 888 number 24 hours a day too, so you can call anytime.

  • Stella! West Town, there and back again.

    Where can you find current Comed rates? "Electricity Supply Charge" and "Transmission Services Charge" rates specifically. They vary month to month correct? Is there anyway to see the rate history or rate projections?

    Separately, has anyone had experience with the RRTP (Residential Real-Time Pricing) https://rrtp.comed.com/live-prices/ program? I would be more wary of it, except that it looks like it is run or overseen by a subset of CNT (Center for Neighborhood Technology) who I think does really good work.

26 hours ago

April forums in full bloom

Tuesday, April 29 at 6 pm at Union Park, 1500 W Randolph. Of course, the More Than a Score testing forum, Changing the Stakes on Testing. More here!

This article has 3 other Chicago locations (Show)

Wednesday, April 23, 7 – 8 pm: Good Morning Mission Hill film screening at Francis Parker School, 330 W Webster, followed by a panel discussion on democratic education.

...24, 6 – 9 pm: DePaul School of Education Spring Forum, DePaul Student Center, Room 120, 2250 N Sheffield. Imagine a public school with a portfolio-based constructivist approach to teaching and learn, staff...

Saturday, April 26, 10 am to noon, Chopin Theater, 1543 W. Division St.:

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2131 W Erie.HOME FOR SALE

We are selling our house at 2131 W Erie. Please pass this along if you know anyone interested!

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2131-W-Erie-St-Chicago-IL-60612/3860787_zpid/

  • Michael Ramstedt Managing Broker, Krain Real Estate

    Let me know if you would like some assistance. Can throw it on the MLS and use a variety of market exposure tricks I have learned from 20 years in the business. Can also make sure any buyers are fully vetted and the sale process itself is closely monitored to increase chances it makes it to closing. Since you are only a few blocks from our office and obviously willing to do showings I could probably cut you a commission deal. Thanks!

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Near West Side/United Center Park

I've lived in various Northside neighborhoods for over 10 years now and am looking to make a change. I see that there are some very affordable and NICE condos/apartments in the area between Ashland and Rockwell. And it seems like with the Pete's Fresh opening soon, ample CTA service, and the draw of the Bulls/Blackhawks, there are some roots taking hold to turn the area around and push the development west of Ashland. Any insights would be appreciated, especially if you live in the area!

  • jwhayne e.garfield pk 98

    Glad to hear of people considering the area. I moved in in '98, generally no regrets. This zone not for suburban folks or those of the suburban mind-set. You WILL drive to get to a grocery store. Pete's @ Madison/Western will open someday, but been waiting so long I IGNORE the promises. If you choose this area, with open eyes, you will be rewarded.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Moved to Warren and Oakley 2 years ago. I was hesitant about moving to an area I had never even heard of before and then I got advise on scoping out new places anywhere, whatever your work schedule may be, swing by that new place before and after work, get...

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    Moved to Warren and Oakley 2 years ago. I was hesitant about moving to an area I had never even heard of before and then I got advise on scoping out new places anywhere, whatever your work schedule may be, swing by that new place before and after work, get familiar with it before you make the move. The only bad thing I've experienced is my car getting broken into, I quickly learned not to leave anything in my car, but that goes for anywhere in the city. I really enjoy living here.

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Updated Apr 16

Seeking a new Vet Clinic

We live around the United Center area and just adopted a puppy. We already have a cat who has always been taken to VCA animal hospital on Chicago ave. I've never had a bad experience with them but it just seems so expensive. I'd like to start taking them both somewhere new, closer, and a little less expensive. Can anyone recommend a good vet in the west town/west loop/ east village area?

  • I have two pups in West Haven too. I take them to: http://www.villagewestvet.com/ arguably the closest. "Good" prices, good staff, no complaints. near western and chicago.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Mike, that's actually where I ended up taking her, to village west. I thought everyone who works there was very friendly to me and my puppy. The vet answered all my questions, and even informed us of things I didn't think to ask. The only thing I didn't like is there really isn't much parking with it being right next to the school. But I will be going back!

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Updated Apr 16

What's up with the former bank at Halsted and Madison

HI..with all the buying of land and building in the west loop, I often wonder about the building on Madison and Halsted. I think it used to be the old MB bank. I just love the arched windows on the building and wonder why no one does anything with that building. I would think a nice restaurant would love the bottom floor with those windows.

Anyone ever hear of anything going on with this building?

  • atennislover: Thank you for posting the question. I know that there was talk about something going in the building long before the Mariano's complex was built but I have not heard anything since then. I agree with you that the exterior of the building begs for a restaurant or some other positive use. My fear is that restoring the building is cost prohibitive.

    Perhaps others know more. Thank you.

Apr 15

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hosts Open House for New FertilityCare Center

Physicians and employees at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) attended a recent open house for the new FertilityCare Center to learn more about its services, meet the staff and tour the facility. The event featured a blessing and dedication of the facility.

The facility is located at Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital, 1431 N. Claremont Ave., Chicago, fourth floor. The center features a team of specialists, including a certified fertility care practitioner, medical consultant and other physicians. The approach is consistent with Catholic teaching. Read more: http://tinyurl.com/ljdar7r

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Apr 13

Yoga class for the community

Come to Xuntas starting Monday, May 5 at 6:30pm for a Hatha 1-2 yoga class!

This one-hour class moves at a medium pace and offers insight into both the internal and external experience of the practice: physical poses, breath, and meditation. You will leave class with a sense of balance and grounding.

Xuntas is a community space to gather and is located at 2258 W. Grand Ave. The class is $10 cash and BYOMat.

I hope to see you there!

http://www.xuntaschicago.com/calendar-of-events-1

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Apr 12

For Sale By Owner::: Ukrainian Village Brick Cottage (3 bedroom, 2 bath)

We are having a "By appointment" Open House Sunday, April 13th. For Sale By Owner::: Ukrainian Village brick cottage (3 bedroom, 2 bath) w/fantastic 2nd floor 2 room master suite. Sep sleep + sitting room + open Euro bath/sep water closet. Entry, living, dining, 2 bedrooms on 1st floor and full bath. Newly renovated kitchen w/concrete counter tops, stainless appliances, wood cabinets. Hardwood floors throughout. Back pati backyard w/wildflower planted boxes and grass areas. 2-car garage. We are asking $475k. Located on Erie two blocks west of Damen, east of Western. Please email to schedule a time to come by if you are interested or know anyone looking for a great house in Ukrainian Village! arrenj@gmail.com Please serious buyers only.

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