Energy Conservation Initiatives

’Greening’ your Home or Business

Get a FREE Home Energy Assessment

ComEd residential customers who also have Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas or Peoples Gas can sign up for a free Home Energy Assessment. During the assessment, an Energy Advisor will do a walk-through of your home, finding ways to make it more energy efficient. The advisor also will install the following free energy-saving products:

  • ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs
  • Programmable thermostat
  • WaterSense® certified showerheads
  • WaterSense® certified faucet aerators
  • Hot water pipe insulation
  • Advanced power strips for televisions and desktop computers (to be installed by the customer)
  • Smart thermostats are available for purchase at a discount (must be purchased during the assessment for free installation)

Weatherization Discounts: If you are interested in further energy savings, you may request a list of licensed and insured contractors who provide discounted weatherization services through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. Weatherization services are free for Income Eligible customers. Visit this page to find the community action agency nearest you or call the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) at 1-877-411-9276 for more information. 

Who can sign up? Single-family homes, two-flats, condos and town homes are eligible. Renters in these building are also eligible with permission from their landlord. Call 1-855-433-2700 today to schedule an appointment. If Peoples Gas or North Shore Gas provides your delivery, the building must be two units or less. If Nicor Gas provides your delivery, the building must be four units or less. Larger buildings are eligible for the multi-family program.

Why is it free? ComEd and your natural gas utility are required to provide energy efficiency programs for their customers in compliance with state law, and are allowed to charge ratepayers. On your ComEd bill, you can see these charges under the “Taxes & Fees” portion, labeled “Energy Efficiency Programs.” You can see a similar charge on your natural gas utility bill. Customers pay into the program whether or not they take advantage of the incentives.

For more information, visit ComEd’s website. ComEd offers a similar program for businesses; more information can be found here

Take Advantage of Rebates & Discounts

In addition to tax credits for energy-efficient purchases, utility companies such as ComEd and Nicor Gas offer rebates and discounts.

Alternative Green Energy Providers

Residents have the option to purchase “green” energy from alternative providers servicing the area. The “green” label is given to denote Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) purchased by the provider. In Illinois, most REC’s are purchased through investment in wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Green Energy Providers offer both fixed and variable rates competitive with current Electric Utility pricing. For current Electric Utility pricing and an updated list of Alternative Energy Providers, please visit the Citizens Utility Board Web page.

Green Building Initiative

The built environment has a large impact on energy and resource consumption, the health of the Village’s residents, and the surrounding community. In recognition of this, the Village Board created the Green Building Initiative, which provides incentives, including fee rebates and expedited permitting, for property owners and builders who build Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system compliant buildings. For more information, contact the Village’s Development and Planning Department at 847-664-4050.

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Project Description
Links
SmartHaus Single Family Home1833 MapleDec. 2013/Jan. 2014A custom, high-performance home designed and built to LEED for Homes Platinum rating (given a preliminary Platinum rating by USGBC)

SmartHaus Website

Project Snapshot