ComEd/Nicor offer home energy assessments

By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl
President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association

Since our article about home energy audits (“Energy audits save home owners money,” May 2-8 issue), we were made ware of another program run by ComEd and Nicor. Here is the information (taken directly from ComEd):

Program: Smart Ideas for Your Home

Highlights for the Nicor Gas/ComEd program:

Program description:

• Provides single-family homes that are jointly served by ComEd and Nicor Gas with an assessment of the home’s energy use that will result in recommended changes that can improve a home’s energy efficiency.

Assessment also includes installation of energy-saving products such as energy-efficient shower heads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation and CFLs.

There is a $99 co-pay to receive the Home Energy Savings assessment. Similar assessments can cost up to $500. Currently, the assessment is $49 when customers call before May 31, 2012, to schedule their assessment.

The total time for the assessment is approximately 2-1/2 hours per home.

The assessment is performed by Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professionals from Conservation Services Group (CSG), the program implementation contractor.

At the completion of the assessment, the customer will receive a customized report detailing ways to save up to 20 percent on their home’s energy usage.

Report includes a fixed-price proposal for completion of weatherization improvements that qualify for instant rebates (50 percent of costs up to $1,250) from ComEd and Nicor Gas.

For more information about the Home Energy Savings program, visit

To schedule an assessment, call 1-888-821-9988.

From the May 9-15, 2012, issue

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