Saturday, July 12, 2008

17. How to get Power/ Electricity in Champaign - Urbana

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Electricity and Gas supply in Champaign Urbana area is served by AmerenIP.

How do I turn on service?

To get power in your apartment, you need to call them directly. Use This Link to find the contact information. The phone numbers are:

  • Residential: 1-800.755.5000
  • Business: 800.363.6805

Do I need to pay a deposit?

If you are a first time customer, or don't have a satisfactory credit history (or even, for International students, a credit history at all), you might need to provide a security deposit at first. But that's refundable. Read more about required deposits and refunds.

How do I pay my bill?

You can pay your bills in person by going to a pay station. These are located around Chambana area. You can find a list here.

Even better, you can pay the bill online for FREE, either via MyCheckfree, or via Ameren's site itself. See details here.

There are rarely any outages, except during tornado season :), and if you get unlucky, a fallen tree might cut down your power line, but that rarely happens. And these guys are pretty fast in restoring service, so nothing to worry.

When you leave, you can choose to turn off your service right from the AmerenIP website.

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