Learn about the energy efficiency programs Wheaton offered using federal grant money, or read about programs such as the Energy Savings Program, rebates through the Energy Impact Illinois program and the CUB Energy Saver Program to find out how you can save money and/or reduce energy use.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
The federal government awarded the City of Wheaton with $514,400 through an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). With this funding, the City developed a number of projects for residents, businesses and the City at-large aimed at reducing fossil fuel emissions, reducing energy use and improving energy efficiency.
Wheaton Bicycle Plan
Learn more about Wheaton's Bicycle Plan, which was created through federal grant funding.
Learn how you can check out a Kill-a-Watt device to learn how to reduce your energy use.
The programs below were previously offered using grant funding, but these programs are no longer open.
Home Energy Savings Program
Nearly 200 residents applied to participate in a free in-home energy review. Homeowners received up to 50 percent of the cost of an energy efficiency project up to $1,000. Energy efficiency projects included insulation and caulking; furnace and air conditioning replacements; and window and door replacements. Residents whose single-family homes were built before 1980 were eligible to apply.
Business Energy Wise Fund
Eleven downtown properties received assistance to fund energy efficiency upgrades. Projects included lighting retrofits and the replacement of furnaces, air conditioners and a 40-year-old boiler. If participants installed at least $1,000 worth of qualifying energy efficiency and conservation improvements, they may have been eligible for reimbursement up to 50% of the cost of work or $10,000, whichever was less.
Wheaton Fleet Upgrade
Three city vehicles were upgraded to hybrids using grant funds, bringing the total hybrid vehicles to six. This has helped the City of Wheaton lower greenhouse gas emissions through greater fuel efficiency.
Wesley Parking Garage Lighting Retrofit
Retrofit lighting and exit signs and the addition of photo sensors in Wesley Parking Garage. The City applied for and received another grant through the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for $15,109. As a result, the City will be replacing the lights on the top deck of the garage.
Police Station Building Upgrade
Upgrade and replacement of four boilers and an air conditioning condenser. The project was initially funded with $147,400 of EECBG funding. The City applied for and received another grant through the State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for $5,000. As a result, the City will also retrofit the interior lighting and possibly the exterior lighting.
About the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act
In response the national economic crisis, in February 2009 the federal government enacted the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA). Among the act’s goals are spurring economic activity and investing in long-term growth.
Learn more about the act on the federal government's Recovery.gov website. This site also allows you to track progress in spending ARRA funds by visiting the Illinois section.
Grant Acknowledgment & Disclaimer
This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-SC0002074.
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