Make your home more comfortable, lower your utility bills, and increase your home value by improving your home’s energy efficiency! Energy Impact Illinois is working in your community to help make energy efficiency upgrades as easy as possible by helping you qualify for rebates, guiding you to the best resources, and answering any questions you have.
1) Call to set up an appointment and learn more: 1-855-9-IMPACT. For homeowners in Nicor gas territory, they will connect with the utilities program provider who will guide you through the entire process. In Peoples or Northshore Gas territory, they will connect you with an energy efficiency contractor that has met our high standards. Contractors will perform an energy assessment on your home, using sophisticated equipment and years of experience to uncover precisely which energy improvements will be most effective. Normally, this service costs $400 or more, but for Energy Impact Illinois homeowners, it’s only $99 for a single family home.
2) Get an energy analysis and cost estimate. Once the assessment is complete, the contractor will provide an estimate for air sealing and insulation – and other improvements that might be useful. Air sealing and insulation are usually the most cost effective and longest lasting energy efficiency improvements you can make. The estimate will include any utility rebates you may be eligible for. They also have attractive loan options if you want to finance the rest of the cost or go beyond basic energy efficiency.
3) The contractor completes the work. Energy Impact Illinois will handle all the paperwork and ensure the work was done correctly and safely. You’ll start seeing the savings and feeling the comfort.
Why air seal and insulate? 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. Also, most homes have incorrectly installed or insufficient amounts of attic insulation. You wouldn’t brave a Chicago winter without a hat, and neither should your home.
What does it cost? The cost for energy efficiency upgrades vary based on the characteristics of each home, but the average cost before any rebate is approximately $2500.
Are you eligible for the rebate? If you have service from Peoples or North Shore Gas, you may be eligible for an attic insulation rebate, depending on how much existing insulation you have. Your contractor will determine your existing insulation levels and provide the amount of the rebate in their proposal. Nicor Gas customers are eligible for a rebate of up to 50% of the project costs, to a maximum of $1250, which is offered by Nicor Gas and ComEd. You must own a single family home or 2-4 unit building to be eligible.