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Finally a thermostat that programs itself

Nest Labs has announced that it has created the Nest Learning ThermostatTM. Nest learns from your behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom heating and cooling schedule, keeping you comfortable when you’re home and conserving energy when you’re away. “It was unacceptable to me that the device that controls 10 percent of all energy […]

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FERC chair praises electric co-ops

When it comes to energy efficiency, electric co-ops should “keep doing what you’re doing, and do more of it,” according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff. The FERC chief called for continued efforts to assist consumers in accessing information about energy efficiency, as well as low-cost financing to incorporate such efficiency into homes […]

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Answers sought about impact of EPAs power sector rules

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee continue seeking answers from administration officials about the potential impacts of EPA’s power sector rules, sending a pair of letters exploring how the rules could affect energy security and reliability of the electric grid and other critical infrastructure. In a letter to Secretary Napolitano, members expressed specific […]

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Energy Auditors can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint if you follow their advice. One area an energy auditor will inspect is your hot water heater.

Energy auditors help pinpoint savings

For the most part, companies offering energy audits are reputable and legitimate and will help you both save money and reduce your carbon footprint if you follow their advice in regard to upgrades. Your local electric cooperative or heating and air conditioning contractor are a good place to start for advice on energy auditing services […]

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New home financing for Illinois veterans, military families

In December, Illinois launched the Welcome Home Heroes program to promote homeownership for Illinois veterans, active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members. Welcome Home Heroes is open to all qualified Illinois veterans. Active military personnel, reservists and Illinois National Guard members must be first-time buyers. The financing package includes a forgivable $10,000 grant […]

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Resolve to get involved

The Serve Illinois Commission is seeking applicants for a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Illinois. By entering a zip code, county, and area(s) of interest, applicants can view local volunteer opportunities in their area. Currently, the Serve Illinois Commission has over 100,000 volunteer opportunities statewide, and is always looking for bright, motivated, volunteers to fill […]

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Governor Quinn honors volunteers for improving their communities throughout the state

In October, Governor Quinn recognized 28 outstanding volunteer groups from throughout Illinois with Governor’s Home Town Awards (GHTA). The GHTA recognizes volunteers for their work to improve their communities. The 28 projects recognized represent the work of more than 4,300 volunteers who devoted nearly 78,000 hours of their time, which equates to more than $1.7 million […]

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