Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

"“Chicago is continuing to invest in the industries of tomorrow in order to create the jobs we need today. Leading in alternative energies supports the kind of sustainable economic development and cost savings for our homeowners and businesses that we need." -- Mayor Emanuel

By increasing the efficiency of buildings and transportation, Chicago saves money, conserves resources, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Using clean and renewable energy sources improves air quality and invests in the industries of tomorrow. Explore the links below to learn more about Chicago’s energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies and how you can help.

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  • Retrofit Chicago - Learn more about Chicago's cross-sector effort to drive energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings across the city.
  • Chicago Solar Express - By cutting fees, reducing time-in-line for permits, and streamlining processes, the City has made putting solar on your roof as efficient and affordable as possible.
  • Chicago Energy Benchmarking - In September 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago’s City Council adopted a building energy benchmarking ordinance to raise awareness of energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents.
  • Community Weatherization Action Teams - Learn low cost weatherization techniques for your home and community.
  • Energy Action Network - Apply for energy services including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Share the Warmth Program and ComEd’s Residential Special Hardship Fund at any Energy Action Network location.
  • Energy Impact Illinois - Find energy efficiency resources and rebates for homes, multi-unit buildings, businesses, and other properties.
  • Energy Shared Savings (for Chicago Public Schools) - Learn how your school can save energy and earn money.

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  • Chicago Climate Action Plan - Learn about Chicago's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020.
  • Smart Grid Legislation - Find out how recent legislation will build Smart Grid technologies and modernize Chicago’s electric system.

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