Cool DuPage for Residents
DuPage County invites residents, businesses
and government agencies to join the Cool DuPage effort to reduce energy
consumption. By working together, we can help DuPage County reduce greenhouse
gases through big and small changes.
Tips for an Energy
- Proper insulation is critical to reducing the cost
of heating. Check your insulation to ensure all gaps are caulked to prevent
warm air from escaping. Does your attic need more insulation? Using a
programmable thermostat is another way to decrease energy use by reducing
consumption in the evening and when absent from the home.
your energy usage through the website, ENERGY
STAR Home Energy Yardstick. Learn about energy efficient products and other
home energy tips at Energy Star or check out Best Buy's Smart Sustainable Home Video. To reduce your energy bills,
look for the ENERGY STAR label when purchasing appliances.
- Switch out
traditional light bulbs for energy efficient bulbs. Check out this
comparison completed by Earth
Gauge (PDF) to see the amount of energy saved by making the switch.
- A beautiful, relatively inexpensive way of reducing energy consumptions and
emissions is through alternative landscaping. Planting the right tree in the
right place can help save up to 20% on energy costs. Find out where to plant
your next tree to maximize your benefits by visiting the interactive website Energy-Saving
Trees. Reduce total lawn area to avoid extensive chemical use and
Energy Assessments - Have you ever wondered how you can improve your energy efficiency in your home or Multi-Family building? Visit ComEd or Nicor's website for information on a FREE energy assessment including installation of FREE saving products.
Solar - Have you ever considered switching to solar in your home? An online resource that helps calculate if solar is a good choice for your energy needs. Visit the Solar Energy Calculator at http://solarenergy.com/solar-calculator.
Tax Credits, Rebates and
- Rebates, incentives, discounts and appliance recycling - visit ComEd and Nicor for many opportunities to save
- Tax Credits - Energy.gov
- Energy Efficiency - Energy Star