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Experts to address how to control and reduce energy costs

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Daily Herald Staff Report

Energy savings opportunities available to small and mid-size businesses is just one of several topics to be addressed at a Newsmakers' Forum scheduled for Thursday.

Energy efficiency and management are the key issues planned for the program, set to take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 6 at Medinah Banquets, 550 Shriners Drive, Addison.

The Daily Herald Business Ledger is presenting the event where Ed Kriz, program manager for energy efficiency at Nicor Gas, will talk about the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency program." Steve Baab will address the ComEd Smart Ideas program.

Participants will learn how efficient management of lighting, heating and cooling systems can produce savings. Strategies and tactics available to small and mid-size companies to control and reduce energy costs will also be addressed.

Other issues that will be covered include:

• Rebate programs in place for energy saving equipment and improvements.

• Assessment programs to help make informed decisions.

• Considerations when deciding to maximize energy efficiency and renovation vs. new construction.

• Choosing a contractor to perform energy efficiency upgrades.

Presenting sponsors include ComEd Smart Ideas and Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.

The cost to attend the business lunch is $45. To register, go to For more information contact Jim Elsener of the Daily Herald Business Ledger at

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