Officials warn residents of natural gas solicitors

Ciara McCarthy, City Editor

Evanston officials warned residents Friday about natural gas supplier solicitors who have approached numerous residents throughout January.

A door-to-door salesperson has visited multiple residents’ homes with a clipboard, helmet and badge, city spokesman Patrick Deignan said. The salesperson is not affiliated with Evanston or its Utilities Department. The warning advised residents against signing up with a gas or electricity supplier on the spot.

Ald. Jane Grover (7th) brought the issue to the city’s attention after noticing multiple comments from residents on a community message board, Deignan said. Evanston’s 311 hotline has received four complaints about natural gas solicitors so far this month, he added.

Residents can ban solicitors from their homes by posting a “No Soliciting” sign on or near a main entrance, Deignan said. Residents are encouraged to report door-to-door gas or electricity suppliers that claim to represent Evanston to the police department.

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