From powering hospitals to keeping us warm during the winter, energy consumption is a vital aspect of our community. Unfortunately, energy consumption is one of the greatest contributors to global warming and a sizable expense to residents and businesses in Highland Park. Improving energy efficiency and eliminating energy waste are essential actions residents and business owners need to take.
Making a few small changes at home or in the workplace can result in a win-win situation for the environment and your bottom line.
According to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), Illinois households use 44% more energy than the average US household, due primarily to our many months of cool and cold weather. Home heating and hot water account for nearly 70% of local energy consumption! The remaining 30% of Illinois household energy use is directly attributed to appliances and air conditioning.
The average Illinois household spends around $2,100 per year on energy; if your bill is higher, consider the following options for reducing your home’s energy consumption. To learn more about energy efficiency, visit the EPA's Energy and Environment website.
Energy-Efficiency Webinar (2021)
Looking for more ways to be environmentally-conscious this year? In this energy-efficiency webinar presented in partnership with North Shore Gas and the Power Bureau, LLC, you'll learn about incentives and funding available for energy-efficient upgrades. You'll also be introduced to the new City of Highland Park Community Solar Program.
View the slides from the webinar.
Energy Efficiency (Simple Steps)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has put together several simple steps you can follow to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
ENERGY STAR is a United States Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protects our climate through superior energy efficiency.