We all scream for ice cream (and energy savings)
“Based on our current funding levels, there simply isn’t any way we could to do this by ourselves,” said T. Brent Newman, CEO, Grundy County Housing Authority. “We really are very grateful for the utility companies’ energy efficiency programs.”
Newman was referring to upgrades at Saratoga Tower that are estimated to save the facility more than $41,000 every year in combined electric and natural gas utility costs. The 95-unit senior public housing building in Morris, Ill., recently completed energy-saving improvements courtesy of ComEd and Nicor Gas.
Because the only thing sweeter than energy savings is ice cream, Saratoga Tower residents celebrated the upgrades with an ice-cream social.
“This project highlights the huge impact of comprehensive energy efficiency programs,” said Erica Borggren, vice president of customer solutions, ComEd. “We’re proud to have partnered with Nicor Gas to bring the residents a safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient building that will help them save.”
Incentives from the project totaled more than $788,000 (enough to buy almost 300,000 ice cream cones), which included:
- Smoke detectors for the hearing impaired.
- A commercial kitchen exhaust fan.
- 95 package terminal air conditioner units.
- 95 refrigerators.
- Three mini split heat pumps.
- 10-ton rooftop HVAC unit.
- An energy-saving boiler project is also in the works.
ComEd has provided a total of $1 billion in incentives to residential and business customers and empowered them to save more than $4 billion on their electric bills through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program.