Since 2018, the partnership helped thousands of eligible families receive over $13 million in free home retrofit services while saving hundreds on annual energy bills
More than 2,000 single-family homeowners in northern Illinois have taken part in a special home weatherization program that provides income-eligible customers with energy efficiency upgrades and home energy-saving products to improve the comfort of their homes.
In 2018, ComEd began contributing financial resources from its Home Energy Savings to the Illinois Department of Commerce’s Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) to allow a greater number of income-eligible customers to participate. The result is thousands of additional income-eligible homeowners receiving a total of over $13 million in ComEd incentives for home retrofit services delivered through IHWAP.
“Our commitment to provide affordable energy has never been more important than now,” said Erica Borggren, ComEd’s vice president of customer solutions. “Our participation in the statewide weatherization program ensures those in need can better manage their energy bills. Coupled with ComEd’s existing bill-assistance programs, our customers will often find the help they need in catching up with past-due balances and managing energy costs in the future.”
Each project under the combined program is developed based on the unique conditions of the home and is free to eligible customers. Customers who sign up for the service can receive a variety of energy-efficient products, including ENERGY STAR-certified LED light bulbs, air sealing, insulation, HVAC and water heater repair and replacement, and health and safety measures.
Last year, hundreds of ComEd single-family homeowners across northern Illinois saved an average of more than $800 a year in energy costs through IHWAP, which provides income-eligible Illinois residents access to affordable energy services, as well as upgrades that help improve indoor air quality and create a more comfortable home.
Services through IHWAP are delivered through a network of local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the northern Illinois areas in which ComEd serves. For northern Illinois residents using electricity and natural gas, ComEd collaborates with Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas who collectively work with 17 CAAs across northern Illinois.
Since 2018, single-family homeowners who took advantage of the combined IHWAP and ComEd Home Energy Savings offering saved a total of nearly 7,000 megawatt-hours (MWhs) of electricity , which is the same amount of energy it takes to power nearly 800 ComEd customers’ homes. These savings also have an annual environmental benefit equal to reducing nearly six million pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere, removing nearly 600 cars from the road or planting more than 3,200 acres of trees.
ComEd’s Home Energy Savings is part of the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program which is funded in accordance with state law and provides a range of services to help families and businesses reduce energy use and save money on their electric bills. Since its inception in 2008, the energy efficiency program has saved northern Illinois families and businesses approximately $6.7 billion on their electric bills, while saving nearly 62 million megawatt-hours of electricity. These savings have an environmental benefit equal to reducing more than 52 billion pounds of carbon emissions from the atmosphere, removing more than 5 million cars from the road or planting more than 29 million acres of trees.