Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative has energy efficiency rebates available.
The HomE program (pronounced home E) started in 2010 with grant funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s State Energy Plan. Your electric co-op and other co-ops across the state have helped make energy efficiency improvements to hundreds of homes with these funds.
The HomE program’s initial success meant there would be approval for a second round of funding. And now there is a third round, but it is smaller and will likely be the last of the funds.
If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the first or second round of rebates, you now have a third and final chance. HomE 3.0 rebates are available until funding runs out, or until May 31. The program starts on February 1 and funds are on a first-come, first-served basis. So don’t wait.
HomE 3.0 Incentive Rebates Include:
- Geothermal system – $1,000
- Air-Source Heat Pump (16 SEER or higher) – $500
- Insulation and Weatherization – 30% of total project cost, up to $500
- Heat Pump Water Heater – $250
With the help of the first round of HomE funding Illinois Rural Electric members installed geothermal heat pumps, air-source heat pumps, and made insulation and weatherization improvements.
“All cooperative electric members are eligible for HomE 3.0. These rebates, plus the federal income tax credits that are available for some of the projects, make this a great time to make your home more energy efficient,” says Justin Gumbel, co-op electrical engineer.
All work must have been completed after February 1, 2015 to be elgible for a rebate.