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April 11, 2022

Dear Greenest Region Compact (GRC) Communities,

We have been sharing energy efficiency and energy assistance tips during the past two years to help your residents save money and energy. Because Earth Day will be here soon on April 22nd, we thought it was a good time to offer a few more energy-saving tips and programs that could be passed along to your residents.

For information on additional energy-saving programs and communications materials to share with your residents, go to our Residential Energy Efficiency & Assistance Programs webpage.
Discounts on Advanced Power Strips
Advanced power strips (also called smart power strips) are an inexpensive way to help you save energy and money. Some of your electronic devices that are plugged in may continue to draw power, even when they’re not in use. These devices are known as “energy vampires” and include TVs, computers, phone chargers, video game consoles, and more. Advanced power strips make it easy to save energy because they automatically cut off power when the devices are not in use.

ComEd is offering instant discounts of up to $12 on advanced power strips, which can be purchased through the ComEd Marketplace or at select Family Dollar and Dollar Tree stores. For more information, go to the ComEd Home Products Discounts webpage.

Communications materials:
At the Caucus' Residential Energy Efficiency & Assistance Programs webpage, we have the following sample communications materials about this program:
  • Sample social media posts
  • Sample images
  • Video with instructions on using an advanced power strip
You may also share the Caucus' post/tweet or the GRCorps' post/tweet from March 23rd (@MayorsCaucus or @GRCorps on Facebook and Twitter).
ComEd AC Tune-Up Discounts
Heating and cooling costs account for about half of your energy bills, according to ENERGY STAR. To ensure your system is operating efficiently and optimally, which can help you save on energy costs and promote a longer lifespan of your equipment, perform routine maintenance. Change air filters regularly and schedule a cooling system tune-up in the spring. ComEd offers $25 discounts on AC tune-ups and $50 discounts on air source heat pump tune-ups if service is completed by a contractor enrolled in the ComEd Energy Efficiency Service Providers (EESP) network. For more information on the discounts, go to the ComEd Home Heating & Cooling Discounts webpage.

Communications materials:
At the Caucus' Residential Energy Efficiency & Assistance Programs webpage, we have the following sample communications materials about this program:
  • Sample social media posts
  • Sample water bill messages
  • Sample image
You may also share the Caucus' post or the GRCorps' post/tweet from March 30th (@MayorsCaucus or @GRCorps on Facebook and Twitter).
Air Sealing and Insulation Rebates
Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the U.S. are under-insulated, according to ENERGY STAR? Insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The EPA estimates that homeowners can save 15% on heating and cooling costs by completing air sealing and insulation projects in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists. Sealing leaks and adding insulation also provide other benefits, including reduced noise from outside, lower chance for ice dams on the roof, and less pollen, dust, and insects (or pests) entering your home, ENERGY STAR states on its website.

Nicor Gas is providing rebates to residents who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes in 2022. For each home, Nicor Gas offers rebates of $225 for air sealing, $200 for attic insulation, $400 for duct sealing, and $100-150 for wall insulation. For these air sealing, insulation, and duct sealing projects, the work must be performed by a Nicor Gas-approved contractor. The contractor will apply the instant rebate to the customer’s invoice.

For more information, go to the Nicor Gas Rebates webpage or call Nicor Gas at 877-886-4239.

Communications materials:
At the Caucus' Residential Energy Efficiency & Assistance Programs webpage, we have the following sample communications materials about this program:
  • Sample social media posts
  • Sample water bill messages
  • Sample website text
  • Sample images
You may also share the Caucus' post/tweet or the GRCorps' post/tweet from March 24th (@MayorsCaucus or @GRCorps on Facebook and Twitter).

Thank you,








Edith Makra
Director of Environmental Initiatives
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
433 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 450
Chicago, IL 60607
Related GRC goal and objective:
Engage the community in clean energy practices. Objective E33: Collaborate to educate the community about clean energy options.

Climate Action Plan objective and strategy: 
Optimize building energy. Engage residential and commercial property owners to optimize building efficiency. Leverage programs such as demand response, energy efficiency incentives, and PACE financing.