Income Eligible Multifamily Savings
The ERC dispatches energy analysts to the multifamily housing developments to meet with property managers and to conduct an in-depth energy assessment in order to identify potential energy savings. Together we walk through the building, inspecting every unique type of unit, common area, heating system, and exterior fixtures in the income-qualified household. The purpose of the assessment is to identify electric and thermal savings opportunities to aide in lowering the utility cost for tenants. The ERC partners with Elevate Energy, numerous trade allies, and nonprofits throughout the Chicagoland area to provide energy efficient products and services. In the summer of 2018, the scope of the IEMS grows, with a quantity of roughly 80 assessments completed in a period of three months. The IEMS program is one of the many programs in which the ERC leverages its years of engineering experience, advancements in research methodology, and institutional prowess as part of the University of Illinois.
Public Housing Energy Savings – 2018
(In partnership with Elevate and the Public Housing Authority)
The ERC lends critical technical support to partner Elevate’s work in the PHES Program which provides free or incentivized energy cost reduction measures to the participating public housing authorities in Illinois. Initial engagement is comprised of the ERC's field engineers visiting regional residential multifamily properties in order to identify opportunities for savings with an end goal of reducing the utility costs for utility account holders. Ensuing follow-up activity includes the potential installation of free energy-efficiency products in residential units, common areas and exterior spaces with the assistance of the contributing utilities. Additionally, the program also offers a TAPI lighting scheme, weatherization, capital and prescriptive measures which may be implemented by the PHA (Public Housing Authority) at no/incentivized cost. The ERC has collaborated with nine housing authorities across northern Illinois in 2018, and conducted energy assessments for numerous residential properties with over a Million kWh and 150,000 therms in identified savings.