programs for homeowners 

As a homeowner there are many programs in Oak Park that can help you invest in your home and save money on utilities, reduce housing emissions, and help fight climate change!

 

Read below to see the programs that you are eligible for.

community solar
Clean, convenient, carbon-free electricity

Step 2:
Community solar

Use clean energy - no solar panels needed

If you use electricity, you can sign up for community solar. This is a great way to save money and support clean energy - without the expense of installing solar panels at home. The Village of Oak Park has partnered with MC2 to offer a community solar program that provides guaranteed savings on your electricity bill.

Your subscription will help solar farms generate clean, reliable solar power. And you save money by earning a discount on your electricity bill. To join, simply  sign up here for a monthly subscription to MC2's community solar farm (link is external).

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Step 1:
energy assessment

Your energy journey starts here

A professional assessment identifies the most effective and affordable ways to save energy and money. Local utility companies are offering the Home Energy Savings Program (external link).

 

The program offers a free basic review of your home's energy use, and a personalized report that identifies ways to save energy and money. 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.

Fee-based energy efficiency technical assessments are also available from local contractors. A technical assessment includes detailed testing and analysis of your building's energy systems. Learn more here and here (external links).

Note: The Village of Oak Park does not endorse or promote individual contractors.

Appliance Service
Solar Panels

Step 3: weatherization & energy efficiency
Plug leaks & use high-performance equipment to reduce energy

Home weatherization and energy efficient appliances and equipment lower the amount of energy that your home uses on a daily basis. It's an upfront investment that saves you money on every energy bill.

 

Illinois energy utilities offer special loans for energy efficiency services and products. The loan is repayable as a charge on your monthly bill. Learn more about the Illinois Energy Efficiency Loans program here (external link).

Federal tax credits may also be available. Learn more here (external link).

Note: The Village of Oak Park does not endorse or promote individual contractors.

Step 4: rooftop solar & More
A long-term investment to become more resilient to climate change

Rooftop solar and other improvements can make your home more resilient to extreme weather. Installing clean energy at your home also helps the whole community take action on climate change.

Learn about your home's solar potential and financing options through Project Sunroof (external link).

Illinois Shines is a State program that supports residents who would like to install solar at their home. Learn more here (external link).

Federal tax credits may also be available. Learn more here (external link).

Note: The Village of Oak Park does not endorse or promote individual contractors.