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Energy Impact Illinois
Lower your energy bills. Make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. And receive up to $1750 in instant rebates.
Huge Rebates To Help You Save 15% Or More On Your Energy Use
For a limited time, the U.S. Department of Energy and local utilities and non-profits are together offering a cost-saving program called Energy Impact Illinois to all Chicagoland homeowners to make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. Under this program, home owners can save 70%, up to $1750, off the most cost effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements: air sealing and insulating your home.
How does the program work?
To determine your home's needs, the program is offering a home energy assessment for $99 ($400-800 value) or a FREE energy assessment to homeowners who host a house party to spread the word to 5-10 friends. A contractor will test your home's leakage and airflow and the efficiency and safety of your combustion appliances and provide a detailed report of recommendations and costs. You are under no obligation to proceed with the work.
However, Energy Impact Illinois is also offering substantial savings to those who do. You can receive an instant rebate of 70% (rebate up to $1750) for proceeding with the insulating and air sealing recommendations for your home. The average cost to air seal and insulate is $2400. With the rebate, the average cost to you is $720. And with an average savings of $500/yr. on energy bills, the work pays for itself in less than two years and only takes 1-2 days to complete. By reducing your home energy usage, you will increase the value and marketability of your home with the new Illinois Home Performance rating on your MLS listing, effective 1/1/13.
Why air seal and insulate?
Insulating and air sealing a home has been proven to be the most effective method for lowering energy usage and costs. This is because over half of your total energy costs come from heating and cooling your home, and almost all homes (even new ones) let too much air escape or penetrate. It’s like turning on the AC in the car with your windows rolled down. Air sealing solves this problem by filling gaps and holes where air leaks in and out. Also, most homes have incorrectly installed or insufficient amounts of attic insulation. You would not brave a Chicago winter without a hat, and neither should your home.
Does the program provide financing or contractor referals?
Energy Impact Illinois is also providing access to low-interest loans (0% first-year interest on loans greater than $2500) through partnerships with several local banks and credit unions, which can be used for boilers, furnaces, windows or other energy efficiency improvements.
Energy Impact Illinois provides approved contractors and a friendly call-center staff, who will take you through the process from your phone-in application to the completion of the work to your satisfaction.
How do I sign-up?
To apply for the program or for more information, contact Mary Edsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-404-9402 or visit http://www.energyimpactillinois.org.
Are there any programs for multi-family family properties, businesses and non-profits?
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