Rain Garden Incentive Program
The Village of Park Forest recognizes the stormwater management and water quality benefits of reduced site runoff associated with the installation of rain gardens. Rain gardens capture and hold water, usually through the use of native plants. Rainfall and stormwater runoff can drain more effectively when using highly-porous plant materials. Rain gardens allow approximately 30 percent of runoff to be filtered into the ground. A properly-designed rain garden can filter one inch of rainfall in four hours.
In order to encourage its residents to install rain gardens, The Village of Park Forest has created the Residential Rain Garden Incentive Program to manage stormwater, as well as adding aesthetic elements to residential lots.
Resources for Energy efficiency improvement
- Illinois Weatherization Assistance Program
The Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) is designed to help low income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. Energy conservation measures provided through home weatherization can ensure citizens have access to more affordable energy services.
- FHA's Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM)
FHA's Energy Efficient Mortgage program (EEM) helps families save money on their utility bills by enabling them to finance energy efficient improvements with their FHA-insured mortgage. Cost-effective energy improvements can lower utility bills and make more income available for the mortgage payment.
- The Illinois Solar Schools and Illinois Wind Schools Programs
The Illinois Solar Schools Program promotes the installation of 1 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at K-12 schools and other educational facilities. Although each system is relatively small, students see first-hand on a daily basis how sunlight is converted to electricity.
- ComEd Home Energy Assessment
ComEd customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage with a FREE energy assessment that includes free and discounted products for your home. ComEd has partnered with natural gas utility to bring electric and natural gas savings to you.
- ComEd Smart Thermostat Rebates
ComEd instant rebates on ENERGY STAR certified smart thermostats are available at ComEd Marketplace or shop where you prefer and apply for your rebate online. Rebate cannot exceed $100 per smart thermostat.
- ComEd Heating & Cooling Rebates
Upgrade your heating and cooling systems to boost your energy efficiency and save with ComEd Rebates when a ComEd Residential Trade Ally installs these home improvements.
- ComEd Weatherization Rebates
ComEd customers have opportunities to reduce energy usage in their home by making qualifying, high-efficiency weatherization improvements.
- ComEd Lighting Discounts
ComEd provides instant in-store discounts on select ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs (limit 24 per customer) and LED fixtures (limit 6).
- ComEd Pool Pump Rebates
You can take advantage of the $275 ComEd rebate when you invest in an ENERGY STAR® certified variable speed pool pump which can save you about $2,900 over the lifetime of the product.
- ComEd Fridge & Freezer Recycling
ComEd will recycle your old, working fridge or freezer, and send you $50. Old refrigerators and freezers can consume as much as four times more energy than newer models and could be costing you up to $150 a year in electricity.
- Nicor Assessment for businesses
One of Nicor Energy Advisors or Certified Engineers will conduct a free assessment of your building to understand your facility’s needs and identify energy efficiency opportunities. Depending on the type of assessment, free energy-saving products may be installed in your business during the process.
- Nicor Rebates for business
Cash rebates are available to Nicor Gas business customers for specific high-efficiency equipment.
- Nicor free products
Free, professionally installed energy-saving products for your business or multi-family property when you schedule a free energy assessment. During the assessment, an Energy Advisor may install the following products, where applicable.
Nicor custom incentives
Custom incentives are available to businesses who install qualifying energy efficiency projects that are not eligible for rebates through other energy SMART offerings.