ST. CHARLES – St. Charles electric utility customers who also are Nicor customers are eligible for rebates through an energy efficiency program from the gas company, according to the city of St. Charles.
Rebates are available for residential customers who replace a furnace or boiler with a new energy-efficient model.
The rebates are part of a continuing program sponsored by Nicor.
For a limited time, additional incentives will be given to residents who also replace their central air conditioner unit at the same time as their furnace.
These rebates are funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The program will cease once the grant money is disbursed.
Thomas Bruhl, electric services manager for St. Charles, said in a news release that this is a great opportunity for residents planning to make these upgrades.
Rebates range from $200 to $400 for furnace replacements and $700 to $1,000 for the combined furnace and air conditioner upgrades.
Bruhl said residents should act quickly if they’re interested because the air conditioning rebates will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
“While it probably won’t take long for those funds to be allotted, the Nicor website has a very nice indicator about how much funding is remaining,” he said. “That website should be checked prior to starting.”
The Illinois DCEO grant totals $325,000.
It will be distributed to qualifying residents in St. Charles, Naperville, Winnetka, Princeton, Rantoul, Rock Falls and Farmer City.
The grant is administered by the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, St. Charles’ wholesale electric supplier.
Visit www.nicorgasrebates.com or call Bruhl at 630-377-4401 for information.