programs for landlords
Whether you own a three-flat, high rise, or small rental unit homes, there are many programs that landlords in Oak Park can take advantage of to improve their properties and help their tenants save money on utilities, reduce housing emissions, and help fight climate change!
Read below to see the programs that you are eligible for.
Clean, convenient, carbon-free electricity
If you use electricity, you're eligible for community solar, a great way to get cheaper, pollution-free electricity without worrying about installing and maintaining solar panels. The Village of Oak Park has partnered with MC2 as their official community solar provider.
Participants receive a discount on their electricity bill, while supporting the development of renewable energy resources in Illinois.
To join, simply have your tenants sign up for a monthly subscription to MC2's community solar farm. Their subscription will help solar farms generate clean, reliable solar power and earn electricity credits that will lower their monthly bills.
Rooftop solar grants
A long-term, clean energy investment
Interested in taking your renewable energy commitment to the next level? For property owners interested in investing in rooftop solar, there is assistance available. The Village of Oak Park's energy grants can cover 50% of the cost of solar panel installation up to $10,000. Landlords with income-qualified tenants can apply for additional financial assistance.
To apply, simply complete a free energy assessment (information below) and submit the required forms for the grant. Please note, funds are limited and issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. For any assistance in submitting the grant forms, contact the Development Customer Services Department's Neighborhood Services Division at 708-358-5410
Customized efficiency for your home
If you've run out of ideas about how your tenants can save energy, consider having them sign up for a free energy assessment! ComEd provides virtual or in-home energy consultants to visually inspect homes and gives personalized reports that identify ways tenants can save energy and money and reduce wear and tear of appliances.
Energy assessments are simple. An energy consultant will work with you or your tenant's schedule. Expect to also enjoy free installations of energy-efficient light bulbs, programmable thermostats, hot water pipe insulation, and water-saving shower heads and aerators. Deeply discounted energy saving appliances are also available.
Airtight homes for maximum savings
Up to 20% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost due to poor insulation. Weatherization involves stopping air leaks around doors, windows and ventilation systems and using insulation to make homes more comfortable and energy efficient. According to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Technical Assistance Center, "...Weatherization returns $2.72 for every $1 invested."
Weatherizing a unit or house is simple. A weatherization expert will work with your tenant's schedule to help repair broken windows and doors, fix small holes in walls and roofs, insulate attics, walls, and floors, and insulate furnace ducts or water heater pipes.
energy efficiency grants
Creating a more climate-resilient Oak Park
Interested in an energy upgrade project for your building but put off by the high investment? The Village of Oak Park is here to help! All Oak Park landlords can apply for matching grants that cover 50% of the cost of energy upgrades, up to $10,000. Landlords with income-qualified tenants can apply for additional financial assistance.
Installation of insulation, energy efficient lighting, upgraded water heaters, high efficiency shower heads, faucet aerators, air sealing, thermostat upgrades, and solar panels are all included.
To apply, simply complete a free energy assessment and submit the required forms for the grant. Please note, funds are limited and issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. For any assistance in submitting the grant forms, contact the Development Customer Services Department's Neighborhood Services Division at 708-358-5410