Energy Consumption is one of the greatest contributors to global warming, as well as a sizable expense to residents and businesses in Highland Park. 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. Several resources and programs are available to help you assess your energy use and help to reduce it. In 2014, the City of Highland Park partnered with multiple granting agencies, including the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as well as the Illinois Clean Energy foundation, to help offset the cost of retrofitting multiple City facilities with high-efficiency lighting equipment. In addition to reducing the facility's carbon footprint, these projects help reduce costs. For information on opportunities to reduce your own energy consumption, please review the links below.
Energy is a broad category; it includes the electricity that powers appliances and lights, and natural gas which provides heat and hot water. 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.