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Center for Neighborhood Technology's Energy Impact Illinois program

New, Limited-Time Rebate Available for Home Energy Upgrades

An alliance of local organizations, utility companies and non-profit groups is helping area homeowners increase the comfort of their homes this fall. The alliance, Energy Impact Illinois, recently introduced a special limited-time rebate for Chicago-area homeowners of up to $1,750 to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes before winter hits.

With our unusually hot weather this summer, it may be hard to remember back to last winter when you noticed an especially drafty room or the window bay in your breakfast nook that just always seemed a bit colder. For sure, you know if rooms in your house were hotter than normal these last few months. These issues, and more, can be solved by making energy efficiency improvements like sealing up air leaks and installing proper insulation, which the rebate is designed for.

Humboldt Park homeowners are now eligible for the up to $1,750 rebate to take energy efficiency steps in their own homes. To receive the rebate, homeowners call Energy Impact Illinois at 855-9-IMPACT. Energy Impact Illinois then helps determine eligible rebates, and links homeowners to certified contractors who can assess and estimate the right mix of air sealing and insulation projects that will achieve savings.

Though the rebate can help homeowners save, on average, 70 percent on the typical cost of the actual work, Energy Impact Illinois can also link homeowners with attractive loan options with zero percent interest for the first year to make up any difference.

More than half of total energy costs come from heating and cooling a home and almost all homes let too much air escape or penetrate. Most homes also have incorrectly installed or insufficient amounts of attic insulation.  Air sealing and insulating a home are some easy, right-now steps homeowners can take to reduce energy bills and create a more comfortable home for winter.

For more information, Humboldt Park homeowners can call 855-9-IMPACT. Homeowners can also visit the website TheEnergyBills.org for tools and links to contractor resources to help take the first steps to lowering energy bills and increasing comfort of your home.

Leslie Proudfoot
Field Organizer
Energy Impact Illinois
(773) 814-2243
leslie@energyimpactillinois.org

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