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

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  sign up for a monthly subscription to MC2's community solar farm. Your subscription will help solar farms generate clean, reliable solar power and earn electricity credits that will lower your monthly bills.

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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 up to $10,000 of the cost of installing home solar panels.

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

energy assessments
Customized efficiency for your home

If you've run out of ideas about how you can save energy, consider signing 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 you can save energy and money.

Energy assessments are simple. An energy consultant will work with your 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.

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energy efficiency grants
Creating a more climate-resilient Oak Park

Interested in projects to make your home more energy efficient but put off by the high investment? The Village of Oak Park is here to help! Grants of up to $10,000 are available for qualifying home owners to reduce energy use at home. 

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.

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

weatherization
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 your home is simple. A weatherization expert will work with your  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.

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LIHEAP
Energy Assistance to help your family 

For assistance with your energy bills, apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), a grant for income-qualified households. Applications are accepted on an annual deadline or until funds are exhausted. 

Applying is a good idea, because if your household qualifies for LIHEAP, you may be eligible for other assistance. LIHEAP is available to all income-qualified residents, including undocumented and mixed-status families.