programs for renters
Whether you rent in a three-flat, high rise, or house, there are many programs that renters in Oak Park can take advantage of to improve their homes and help save money on utilities, reduce housing emissions, and help fight climate change!
Read below to see the programs that you are eligible for.
Clean and affordable electricity - 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. Your subscription will help solar farms generate clean, reliable solar power.
Illinois Solar For All is the best, most cost-effective way for you to go solar or subscribe to a community solar project. Learn more here (link is external).
The next step in your energy journey
A professional assessment identifies the most effective and affordable ways to save energy and money. Local utility companies are offering the Multi-Family Energy Savings Program (external link). The program offers a free visual assessment, and free or discounted energy saving products. To get started, talk to your landlord today!
Learn about tips and tricks for energy and cost savings here.
utility bill assistance
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.
You can also receive assistance with your drinking water and sewer bills, through the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIWHAP). LIWHAP funding can help restore services for disconnected accounts, prevent disconnections for past due accounts, and reduce rates for current accounts.
Other energy assistance and savings programs include:
Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and other State programs (external link)
ComEd Budget Billing (external link)
Call 708-383-8060 to make an appointment with an Oak Park Township counselor to learn more.