An Alliance to Help Illinois Residents Lower Their Energy Costs

Energy Impact Illinois Debuts Information Hub

Alliance aims to increase access to information and resources for Chicago region and Rockford residents to save energy and money, and grow the region’s green job market

CHICAGO – June 1, 2011 – To improve the energy efficiency of residential, commercial, and industrial properties, EnergyImpactIllinois.org launched today as an information hub for residents of the Chicago region and Rockford. Visitors to the site will find resources to facilitate building improvements for homes or businesses, saving energy and money while reducing the region’s carbon footprint.

The information hub is an initiative of Energy Impact Illinois, an alliance of the region’s primary planning organization, utility companies, government agencies, and citizen advocacy groups. Together, the alliance members are working to create a long-term market for improving the energy efficiency of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. By pooling resources, the alliance efforts will result in:

  • Easy access to tools and information for people to take actionable energy efficiency steps for their home, property or business.
  • Mechanisms to link investors and funding resources with energy efficiency efforts.
  • Growth of the region’s green job market.

“Our goal with Energy Impact Illinois is to simplify the process of taking energy efficiency actions,” said Randy Blankenhorn, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the lead agency implementing the Energy Impact Illinois effort. “With so many possible choices, the process can seem complex. We are making it easier for people to save both money and energy, and to live more comfortably.”

Online tools include resources and financing for single-family home owners, multifamily building owners, and commercial and industrial building owners. These groups can take advantage of incentives, rebates and financing to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties. Additional resources will come online later this year. With EnergyImpactIllinois.org, all this information will now be housed in one place, including links to tools, local and national incentives, certified contractors, and answers to frequently asked questions, among other resources.

“Reducing energy consumption will help create green jobs and stimulate the economy,” Blankenhorn added. “In the long run, the Chicago region will be a better place to live when we reduce carbon emissions.

Energy Impact Illinois was formed as the result of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative to spur energy efficiency upgrades and create a long-term energy efficiency market in the region. The Department of Energy will use the lessons learned from these pilot programs to develop best-practice guides for comprehensive retrofit programs that can be adopted and implemented by other communities across the country.

About Energy Impact Illinois

Energy Impact Illinois is an alliance of local and federal organizations, utility companies and not-for-profit groups who are dedicated to helping communities change their energy usage habits, by offering access to a broad array of programs and solutions. The alliance provides people and businesses with smart, simple resources that make it easy to save energy and money for collective results. The alliance was formed as a result of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Initiative to spur energy efficiency upgrades and create a long-term energy efficiency market in the region. For more information, visit: www.energyimpactillinois.org.

About Better Buildings

Better Buildings is a national program supported by the U.S. Department of Energy that is working to transform the marketplace for energy efficiency upgrades in homes, businesses, and institutions. Better Buildings has provided seed funding to more than 40 energy efficiency programs across the country that are helping consumers and businesses reduce their energy use, save money, and support the development of local jobs. Learn more about Better Buildings at www.betterbuildings.energy.gov.

Media Contact:
Kate Murphy
Fleishman-Hillard for Energy Impact Illinois
312.729.3605
kate.murphy@fleishman.com