Energy Utility Assistance

Ways of Reducing Energy Use:

There are simple things you can do every day to save on your utility bills. Some don't even require the purchase of anything. For instance:

  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F. You're heating that water all day and night, so this will save energy around the clock.
  • If you use a dishwasher, run it only when it is full, use the economy setting if there is one, and air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn off your computer, monitor,  and printer if you're leaving the room or not using them. Even short durations such as the time away to eat a meal can add up.
  • Take short showers (5 minutes is a good goal).
  • Wash clothes in cold water, they will get just as clean as if washed in warm or hot.
  • When drying clothes use the economy setting; or better yet, use a drying rack or clothes line.
  • Next time you go to the store, you may want to purchase a few things to reduce your energy use.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs with the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Purchase a few power strips and plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into them; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

Look for the ENERGY STAR label on home appliances and products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Visit for more energy-saving ideas.

See the ComEd and Nicor pages for local information on rebates and more energy saving opportunities.

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ComEd's Smart Ideas for Your Home®

If you're looking for energy saving ideas and tools to help you conserve energy, you'll find them with ComEd's Smart Ideas for Your Home®.ComEd logo home

By offering the following online resources and rebates on energy efficient technologies, ComEd's Smart Ideas program can help you and your family better manage energy consumption in your home. For more information,


visit or call the Smart Ideas hotline at 888-806-2273.

Fridge and Freezer Recycle Rewards

  • Free pick up and recycling of your refrigerator or freezer.
  • You receive $35 for each appliance recycled (limit 2).
  • Includes free pick up and recycling of old working window air conditioners, too (during fridge pickup only).

Fridge Lighting Discounts 

  • Instant discounts at participating retail stores on the purchase of select energy saving light bulbs, such as ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Central AC Efficiency Services 

  • Independent, participating contractors receive advanced technical training and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to analyze your central AC and bring it back to peak operating performance.
  • Technicians are also trained to properly size and install new systems, including higher efficiency units that can save you even more money.

Central Air Conditioning Cycling 

  • ComEd cycles your air conditioning compressor on and off, under certain conditions, so it safely uses less power on the hottest days of the summer.
  • Your fan stays on to circulate already cooled air and keep your home comfortable.
  • Earn electric bill credits from June through September:
    • 50 percent option cycles unit a maximum of 15 minutes every half hour any weekday (if needed) for a $5 per month credit (maximum total credit $20).
    • 100 percent option cycles unit up to one continuous three-hour period during any weekday (if needed) for a $10 per month credit (maximum total credit $40).

Central Multi-Family Home Energy Savings 

  • For condo or apartment buildings served by both ComEd and Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas or Peoples Gas.
  • Installation of the following energy efficient products in each unit:
    • Six compact CFLs
    • Low-flow aerators for shower and sink
    • See your landlord
Smart Ideas is funded by ComEd customers in compliance with Illinois Public Art 95-0481. For more information, visit or call the Smart Ideas hotline at 888-806-2273.


Nicor Gas

List of Nicor Gas programs currently available:                                        

  • Low-to-Moderate Income Residential Program
  • Existing Home Retrofit Program
  • Residential Multi-Family Direct Install Program
  • Elementary Energy Education Program


Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program offers ideas and tools to help Illinois residents and businesses in Nicor’s territory save energy
and money. We can help provide the education, resources, and financial
rebates you need to make energy use in your home or business more
efficient and more affordable. For more details about
the program, visit

Program Overview - Residential Customers 

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program provides Nicor Gas residential customers with energy education, resources and financial rebates to make energy use in your home more efficient and affordable. The program is designed to:
-          Educate eligible customers about the benefits of energy efficiency;
-          Encourage eligible customers to improve home energy efficiency by providing cash incentives for the installation of natural gas-saving products; and
-          Involve contractors to assist customers with the proper installation of natural gas-saving products.
All Nicor Gas residential customers are eligible to apply for the program. Additional eligibility information can be found on the program website

Residential Rebate Information 

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program currently offers the following rebates for residential customers:


Efficiency Requirement
Storage Water Heater
ENERGY STAR qualified, with Energy Factor >/= 0.67
High Efficiency Furnace
>/= 92% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency; ENERGY STAR rated
High Efficiency Furnace
>/= 95% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency; ENERGY STAR rated
High Efficiency Boiler
>/= 90% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency; ENERGY STAR rated
High Efficiency Boiler
>/= 95% Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency; ENERGY STAR rated


For more information about these programs, or for qualified product lists, tips on hiring a contractor, and application information, visit the program website,

          For additional information Click Here to visit the NICOR Gas website.


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