Energy Efficiency

Save Some Dough While Replacing Appliances of Old

Are you ready to get rid of an old refrigerator, washing machine or other outdated appliance? Replace it between April 16 to 25 and you can save energy and money. The Illinois Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program offers incentives for Illinois consumers who replace older appliances with specific Energy Star qualified appliances. The rebate program …

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10 Housing Energy Saving Ideas For Chicago Home Owners

Everyone is pinching pennies nowadays and the home is the largest expense a family has.  Mortgage, heating, electric, insurance and maintenance costs represent up to half of some American’s cost of living expenses and any way to help reduce these costs over the long-term perks the interest of many owners of Chicago real estate. This …

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Illinois Residential Energy Code Update

On Friday August 28th, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law a new statewide residential energy code. The Energy Efficient Building Act requires most new residential buildings throughout Illinois to meet the minimum standards of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The new requirement will take effect early 2010. In a conversation with Lisa …

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The Greenest-Of-Green Chicago New Home

Michael Yannell, owner of this, the greenest-built home in Chicago or perhaps anywhere, is hoping to find out if his $1.6 million experiment will pay off.  To ‘pay-off’ would be for this 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home to earn the highest ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Platinum rating by the United State Green Building Council …

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