Customer Savings Exceed $3.6 Million with Help of Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program; Colder Weather Puts Energy Efficiency in Focus for Homeowners and Businesses

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Over 73,000 people have put their energy into saving money by taking advantage of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. Participating in these energy-saving programs, natural gas customers, both residential and business, have saved 6.5 million therms, which equals $3.6 million in energy savings. As we enter the winter heating season, Nicor Gas encourages its customers to take advantage of the many energy-saving programs available to them.

Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program
“Through the Energy Efficiency Program, Nicor Gas fulfills its responsibility to help customers reduce energy use and save money,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas.

More than 73,000 people have put their energy into saving money by taking advantage of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program. By participating in a number of energy-saving programs, natural gas customers have saved a total of 6.5 million therms, which equates to more than $3.6 million in energy savings.

“Through the Energy Efficiency Program, Nicor Gas is able to fulfill its responsibility to help customers reduce energy use and save money,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor Gas. “As we prepare for the winter heating season, we want to encourage our customers to take advantage of the many energy-saving programs available to them.”

Nicor Gas offers a variety of innovative energy efficiency programs designed to fit the diverse lifestyles and business needs of its customers.

Residential programs
Homeowners can take advantage of energy-saving offers such as:

  •     Rebates: Available for high-efficiency products including boilers, water heaters, furnaces, programmable thermostats and high-performance windows.
  •     Assessments: For a limited time, comprehensive home energy assessments (valued at $500) are available for a special rate of $49. Assessments include the installation of energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), showerheads, faucet aerators and pipe wrap. After the assessment, customers receive a customized report from a certified energy advisor and are currently eligible for an instant 70 percent rebate (up to $1,750) to offset installation costs for recommended energy-saving projects.

Business programs
Businesses can also take advantage of a wide variety of program offerings, including technical assistance, energy assessments and cash rebates for reducing therm use. Businesses that enroll are eligible to receive incentives ranging from $75 rebates for space heating equipment all the way up to $500,000 for custom natural gas saving projects.

For example, Dominican University in River Forest recently implemented steam system improvements that will help the facility save more than 132,000 therms annually. Dominican University was awarded a $132,000 rebate check for their efforts. The university plans to reinvest half of its utility bill savings in future energy efficiency improvements across the campus.

Visit NicorGasRebates.com or call 877.886.4239 for more details.

About the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program provides rebates and incentives to help businesses and residents save energy and money. Eligible customers gain education, resources and financial rebates to offset the cost of installing and implementing energy efficiency projects. The Program is funded by Nicor Gas customers in compliance with the Illinois Public Utilities Act 220 IL CS5/8-104.For more information about Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Programs, visit NicorGasRebates.com.

About Nicor Gas

Nicor Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), provides natural gas delivery service to more than two million customers. In operation since 1954, the company’s service territory encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information on Nicor Gas, visit nicorgas.com.

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