Energy Impact Illinois will pay the first year's interest on the following home improvements:
In the Chicago area, some banks offer loans from $1,000-10,000 towards the above projects.
Illinois has an incentive for making funds available for these improvements. According to new DOE regulations, residential furnaces must be at least 90% AFUE by May 1, 2013, in the 'northern region' -- a cluster of states which includes Illinois. (AFUE, pronounced 'a-few', refers to Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency.)
AFUE is the annual heat output of a boiler or a furnace compared with the fossil fuel energy used to fuel that furnace or boiler, according to the Department of Energy.
An AFUE of 90% means that 90% of the energy used to fuel the heat source actually heats the house, rather than escaping up the chimney or being burned off elsewhere.
AFUE doesn't include heat loss through leaky ductwork, which is a problem we address here:
Rockford city residents are eligible for up to 80% off installation of air sealing and insulation; up to 50% off furnaces, boilers and water heaters; and 30% off energy star appliances. http://energyimpactillinois.org/news/rockford-rebate/
The process starts with a home energy assessment-- a $400 service that's being offered for $99 by Energy Impact Illinois.
In the Chicago area, some utilities are offering $1,750 in instant rebates on energy-efficiency improvements. The same utilities are giving away free compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
For more information about these programs, contact Energy Impact Illinois, an alliance of governments, nonprofits and utility companies.