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Village of Lombard Supports Residential Energy Saving Programs

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Village of Lombard

LOMBARD, Illinois -- The Village of Lombard's Environmental Concerns Committee announced it is working with Energy Impact Illinois to help area homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.

In partnership with ComEd, Nicor Gas and other utilities, Energy Impact Illinois is offering instant rebates up to $1,750 off of energy efficiency work, like air sealing and insulation, done to help reduce energy use and monthly bills in a home. Homeowners can take advantage of the rebates this winter, when they can really see and feel the savings.

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Energy Impact Illinois, formed as the result of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, is an alliance of local organizations, utility companies and non-profits. The program connects homeowners with certified and vetted contractors who can assess and estimate the right mix of projects for a home to maximize savings. Assessments are provided by Nicor Gas and ComEd through the Home Energy Savings Program and are available at a reduced cost of $99 for a limited time.

The Village's Assistant Director of Public Works, David Gorman, has participated in Energy Impact Illinois programs. "I was impressed by the thoroughness of the energy assessment, which included the estimated return on investment for various improvements that I could make with assistance of the rebate," said Gorman. "I ended up adding a foot of insulation to my attic and sealing air leaks. These investments will pay for themselves in seven years," he added.

In addition to reducing the cost of energy bills, general energy conservation reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The Village of Lombard has met its pledge to the US Conference of Mayors to reduce such emissions, largely as a result of the decision to specify 100 percent carbon-free supply sources in its community-wide electricity contract.

The Chair of Lombard's Environmental Concerns Committee, Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick, added, "the Village of Lombard continually supports bringing forward conservation efforts for our staff and residents. This innovative grant adds a home improvement measure that will provide substantial savings to the homeowners. We hope many residents take advantage of this program," Fitzpatrick added.

For more information about Energy Impact Illinois, visit www.energyimpactillinois.org or call 1-855-9-IMPACT.

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