Energy challenge: Evanston vs. Oak Park, $25,000 at stake
The West Cook YMCA in Oak Park could receive up to $25,000 through the Nicor Energy Efficiency Community Challenge. | Bill Dwyer~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 12, 2013 6:01AM
Nicor Gas is pitting two suburbs against each other in an energy-efficiency showdown.
The Energy Efficiency Community Challenge will award up to $25,000 to both the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park. The exact amount depends on how many utility customers in each community sign up for energy-saving programs.
The Challenge began Feb. 1 and runs through April 30 in Evanston and Oak Park. During that period, each homeowner or business that participates in select Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Programs earns $50 toward their community’s final prize.
“From simple energy-saving tips to substantial financial rebates, the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program provides homeowners and businesses across Illinois with the opportunity to save energy and money,” Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas, said in a prepared statement.
Once final amounts are calculated and awarded, the Y’s in Oak Park and Evanston will work with the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program to use the prize money for efficiency projects and improvements at their facilities.
“We are delighted to be selected as the project for the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program Community Challenge,” Jan Pate, president and CEO of the West Cook YMCA, said in a prepared statement. “As a result of Oak Park community members saving energy in their own homes and businesses, we can work toward energy efficiency in our building.”
The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program is designed to help residential, commercial and industrial customers with consumer education and financial incentives on energy efficient products and services. For more information about the Community Challenge, visit NicorGasRebates.com/Challenge or call (773) 321-2665.~ ~.