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Gurnee program to feature energy-saving information

Updated: March 27, 2013 2:12AM

Residents of Gurnee can learn about what to do to get free energy assessments for their homes and how they could save hundreds of dollars on their utility bill at an open house Jan. 28 at Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road.

The program begins at 6 p.m. and features Robert Fuller, field organizer for the Energy Impact Illinois program. He will discuss the energy audit done on Mayor Kristina Kovarik’s home. He will address the village board at 7:30 p.m.

Energy Impact Illinois helps residents make their homes more energy efficient by providing low-cost and free home energy assessments, energy-efficiency suggestions, financial resources and instant rebates of up to $1,750 for upgrades to insulation and air sealing.

The organization, led by an alliance between the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and various utility companies and government agencies within the area, is funded through a U.S. Department of Energy grant and provides energy assessment services to residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and developers in the greater Chicagoland area, including Lake County.

Currently, 50 households in Gurnee and the surrounding area have had assessments performed or have one planned.

Once upgraded, these households are estimated to collectively save a total of $25,000 per year on their utility bills.

More than 440 households in the Chicagoland region have had energy assessments performed by Energy Impact Illinois. Out of these participants, the 100 households that have completed upgrade work are estimated to each save $500 annually on their utility bills.

For more information on Energy Impact Illinois, visit the organization’s Web site at

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