THE EDWARDS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
Free Home Energy Upgrades for Qualifying Peoria Homes
METEC has partnered with Elevate, a Chicago based nonprofit, to provide weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades at no cost to homes in the Peoria community who need it most (eligibility is based on income and location, more information below). Offerings may include free insulation, air sealing, windows and doors, appliances, health and safety improvements, and more.
METEC and Elevate Joining Forces
If you’ve worked with METEC before, you know we specialize in assisting you and your home financially, building or increasing your credit, with pre-purchase education, and other financial support. We are thrilled to be stepping into the world of energy efficiency as another way to help our customers increase their home values and build assets. With our legacy of financial support and new energy efficiency offerings, we can now serve you and your home more holistically.
METEC is teaming up with an expert in energy efficiency, Elevate. Elevate is a nonprofit organization that wants everyone to have clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities, no matter who they are or where they live. Elevate has experience running large scale energy efficiency and healthy housing programs across Illinois.
Together, METEC and Elevate can provide full-service energy efficiency and housing support through our new Edwards Energy Efficiency Program.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Eligibility is based on income and location. See FAQs for more info.
If your home qualifies, a professional energy assessor will visit your home and provide customized recommendations based on your building’s needs.
We’ll review the recommendations report together, and you can select which items you’d like to peruse.
Work will be completed by qualified contractors who’ve been selected and vetted by the program, and we’ll be available for support every step of the way.
See FAQs for more info on eligible measures.
What kinds of upgrades can I get for my home?
Measure eligibility will be determined by an assessment and customized based on your needs and eligibility. Measures may include:
>Weatherization such as air sealing and insulation
>ENERGY STAR® appliances
>LED light bulbs
>Heating and HVAC repairs
>Health and safety work as needed
What is weatherization?
Weatherization in a home includes measures like insulation, air sealing, moisture control, and more to help a home use less energy. Proper weatherization can lower your utility bills while making your home safer and more comfortable. Weatherization is often overlooked by homeowners and residents because you don’t see it, but you will feel it!
What is energy efficiency? How is that different from weatherization?
Weatherization is one step towards energy efficiency. Other ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency can include installing efficient appliances, properly maintaining your heating and cooling systems, or replacing windows and doors. Saving energy in your home not only saves money, but also reduces your impact on the planet.
Is this really free? Who’s paying for the work?
This program is funded through the Edwards Coal-Fired Plant Settlement, a lawsuit brought by multiple organizations. The settlement requires the plant be closed and that the owners pay 8.6 million dollars into the Peoria community for health and environmental projects, as well as job training programs. You can learn more about the settlement here.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
Eligibility is based on income and location. Homes in Peoria county and parts of Pekin (zip code 61554) may qualify. Eligible households must also be at or below 80% of the average income for the area. Use the table below to determine your eligibility. If you’re not sure, fill out an online application and we’ll let you know!