Funding for Energy Efficiency:
- A 2007 Illinois bill created the Illinois Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS), which created a substantial budget for programs and incentives to reduce electrical energy usage and demand for customers of investor-owned electric utilities (ComEd and Ameren Illinois). The investor-owned gas utilities (Ameren Illinois, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas, and Peoples Gas) were added to the program in 2011. SEDAC maintains a website listing funding and assistance opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Illinois. For the most up-to-date information, visit smartenergy.illinois.edu/energy-incentives.html
- Illinois Energy Now administers funding to public agencies. www.ilenergynow.org
- Utility companies offer energy efficiency rebates to private, nonprofit, and residential customers.
- Ameren Illinois ActOnEnergy www.actonenergy.com
- ComEd Smart Ideas www.comed.com
- Nicor Gas energySMART www.nicorgasrebates.com
- North Shore Gas Energy Efficiency Program www.northshoregasdelivery.com/business/rebates.aspx
- Peoples Gas Energy Efficiency Program www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/business/rebates.aspx
Customers of utility delivery companies other than the investor-owned utilities above may contact their utility provider to find out if incentives are available.
Other Funding Resources:
Communications Strategies for Energy Efficiency:
Whether hosting your first meeting about an energy efficiency plan or implementing energy efficiency strategies after the completion of the planning process, effective communication is key! Use the following strategies as you prepare to spread the word:
- Plan your communications strategy
Determine objectives, define intended audience, identify challenges and barriers to communication, establish appropriate times to engage, develop and test key messages and frames, consider and select creative outreach approaches, identify effective channels of communication and messengers, and use trusted sources
- Identify desired behaviors and remove barriers
“Increasing awareness” does not lead to change.
- Make it real
Connect the notion of abstract savings to everyday activities.
- Understand your audience
Opinions about energy efficiency range from enthusiastic to disengaged to dismissive. Different messages are appropriate for each group
Use simple messages repeated often by a variety of trusted sources.
- Make it visual
Most people are able to connect to visual imagery more than numbers and statistics.
- Use narratives
People are more likely to engage with an issue if they can identify with the story.
- Normalize energy efficiency
Peer pressure is an effective tool for behavior change.
- Emphasize multiple benefits
Energy efficiency can have a positive impact on health, community, and the economy.