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Offerings for homeowners

 

Rebates for homes

Rebates are available to your customers for energy-efficiency products and home improvements.* There are two ways for your customers to receive their rebate:

1. A professional contractor installs products that qualify for rebates and the customer completes and submits the application. 

2. A Contractor Circle installing member installs the product or completes the home improvement and provides the rebate to the customer as an instant discount off the final invoice. The contractor submits the instant discount application and energySMART sends the rebate directly to the contractor. Only Contractor Circle installing members are eligible to offer instant discounts. 

 

Air sealing insulation and duct sealing rebates

 

energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, offers rebates for air sealing, attic insulation, duct sealing and wall insulation including exterior walls and foundation sidewalls.

 

To receive a rebate, an air sealing, insulation and duct sealing an approved contractor performs air sealing, insulation and/or duct sealing and provides the rebate to the customer as an instant discount off the final invoice. The contractor submits the instant discount application and energySMART sends the rebate directly to the contractor.

 

Please note: air sealing, insulation and duct sealing rebates can only be offered by approved contractors who have specific certifications and are energySMART approved. Air sealing, insulation and duct sealing contractors are required to be BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional certified or BPI 1200 certified. Duct sealing contractors must also have one of the certifications listed here. Contact us for additional information.

 

 

Assessments for homes and multi-family properties

energySMART provides free energy assessments to homeowners and multi-family properties. Assessments are performed by energySMART Energy Advisors and include a walk through of the property and the direct installation of free energy-saving products.

 



 

How trade allies can participate

 

  • Ask your residential customers to schedule a free home energy assessment. After the assessment, the customer receives a report listing recommended energy-saving projects for trade allies to complete.

Help your customers schedule an assessment

 

  • Home energy assessment - homes with four units or less. Call 877.886.4239 to schedule a home energy assessment.
  • Multi-family energy assessment - buildings with permanent or semi-permanent residential tenants AND is an apartment/condominium, assisted living facility or retirement community, consisting of five units or more. Call 855.801.5804 to schedule a multi-family energy assessment.

 

 

New construction for homes                             

  • The residential new construction service is offered jointly by Nicor Gas and ComEd. This offering works with eligible builders and rates to construct homes that are at least 20 percent more energy efficient than homes built to current Illinois building code. 

How it works

 

  • Builders partner with an accredited HERS rater that completes a minimum of two site inspections. The first inspection is conducted before the drywall is installed and the final inspection is conducted when the home is complete and ready to occupy. During this inspection, the HERS rater will conduct the required performance testing and then verify that the home’s energy efficiency level exceeds the current Illinois energy code by at least 20 percent.
  • After testing, data collection and site verifications are complete, the HERS rater submits the required paperwork on behalf of the builder. Once the paperwork is processed and the project is verified complete, the homeowner will receive a Certificate of Completion that includes estimated energy savings and HERS Index rating. Both the builder and rater receive an incentive for meeting program requirements.
  • If you are a builder or rater, please contact us at 877.886.4239.