Planning for Energy Efficiency

Recommended Resources for Planning

General Resources:

Benchmarking Resources:

  • Track and compare your building or portfolio’s energy performance using ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager
  • The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a local energy efficiency self-scoring tool that allows small and medium-sized communities to compare themselves with other similar communities. 

Energy Assessment Resources:

  • The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center provides energy assessment services for facilities and communities.
  • Utility companies in Illinois offer assessments as well. See Illinois Incentives and Energy Efficiency Programs.  
  • Companies around the state offer energy assessments and energy management services. Search the list of Trade Allies associated with your utility company, or visit the Energy Resource Center's Trade Ally directory
  • The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) has a directory of home energy efficiency professionals. 

Sources of Recognition:

Funding for Energy Efficiency Resources:

  • 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 utility funding and assistance opportunities for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Illinois. 
  • The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation provides funding for energy efficiency and clean energy projects to units of government and 501c3 Non-Profit organizations. 
  • The US Department of Agriculture Rural Energy for America Program offers grants and loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. 
  • The Illinois Enterprise Zone program is intended to stimulate economic growth in economically-depressed neighborhoods using state and local tax incentives, regulatory relief, and expanded governmental services.
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a tool provided to local taxing bodies by the Illinois legislature to encourage joint investment in the development or redevelopment of an area, with the intent that any short term gains will be reinvested and leveraged so all taxing bodies will receive larger financial gains in the future.  

Communications Strategies for Energy Efficiency: