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Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Resources

Government

A Consumer's Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This site allows you to explore your options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community and while driving. This site provides practical tips and solutions for conserving energy.

ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps consumers and businesses save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

Provides many incentives and programs for public sector customers

Governor Pat Quinn

Check out the link on Blackout Solutions to view the Final Report of the Special Task Force on the Condition and Future of the Illinois Energy Infrastructure. The Special Task Force was asked to develop strategies to cut electric demand, promote energy efficiency and foster renewable energy sources.

US Department of Energy

Great resource detailing the many options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home, at work, in your community and while driving.

Nonprofits

Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

A nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security and environmental protection.

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The Foundation supports programs and projects that will improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout the state.

Illinois Energy Education Council

Provides forums to discuss mutual issues and share information and develop educational programs to promote efficient and safe use of electricity.

Mid-Central Community Action

This organization helps individuals and families reach self sufficiency. It also administers local energy assistance programs for low-income households.

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

A collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.

Professional Organizations

Association of Professional Energy Consultants

Dedicated to education and technology transfer in the energy and environmental marketplace.

Illinois Association of Energy Raters

The Illinois Association of Energy Raters is a group of energy consultants and building technicians specializing in identifying cost-effective residential upgrades for new and existing homes that can save homeowners money on their utility bills. The IAER use a whole-house approach to examine how a home consumes energy and the ways that the building systems in the home interact. All IAER members are certified with the national organization RESNET and by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. A home energy rating by an association member can be used to certify that a home is an ENERGY STAR Home.

RESNET

The National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages. RESNET's activities are guided by a mortgage industry steering committee composed of the leading national mortgage executives.

Renewable Energy

Illinois Renewable Energy Association

The Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) supports sustainable energy development in Illinois. The IREA provides hands-on opportunities for the Illinois public to learn about the benefits, potentials, and uses of renewable energy and energy efficiency for our homes and businesses.

Illinois Solar Energy Association

The Illinois Solar Energy Association provides energy education to the Illinois public and promotes the widespread application of solar, renewable and sustainable energy methods and technologies. They help their members get educated on clean energy issues and support them in adopting clean energy use in homes and businesses. The ISEA is the Illinois chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association

The Midwest Renewable Energy Association promotes renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living through education and demonstration.

Utilities

Ameren

Starting on June 23, 2008, Ameren Illinois Utilities' ActOnEnergy Business Program now offers cash incentives to customers installing qualified electric energy efficiency projects.

Association of Illinois Electric Coops

Many, many great resources to help you learn more about energy efficiency.

Corn Belt Energy Cooperative

Learn about their energy programs and Green Power program.

Nicor

Many great tips for residents and businesses on how to be more energy efficient.