Efficient Living Energy Grant

May 18, 2021


Many of the Office of Energy and Recycling programs, including this one, are currently closed and are not accepting applications. When funding is available, it will be announced here and on the Program Announcements Section of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity website.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Energy and Recycling Office through Illinois Energy Now is offering grants for public housing authorities PHAs) and their residents for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in existing buildings. Applicants must be serviced by Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, or North Shore Gas. Targeted PHAs include residential households at or below 30% of Average Median Income (AMI), 50% AMI, or 80% AMI. Funding is limited to $450,000 per applicant and grant costs cannot exceed 100% of the total project costs. Funding varies by technology, and custom incentive projects are available.

Applications are available on the program web site and will be accepted until all available funding has been obligated. Funding may be used in both residential and common areas for interior and exterior lighting improvement, vending machine management, exit sign replacement, occupancy sensors, Energy Star-rated appliances, and HVAC equipment.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: http://www.ilpha.org/
Administrator: Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Controls/Sensors
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Motor VFDs
  • Other EE
  • Vending Machine Controls
  • LED Lighting
  • Tankless Water Heater
Incentive Amount: Varies by technology
Maximum Incentive: $450,000 and cannot exceed 100 percent of the total project cost.


This program has 1 incentives
Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps, Clothes Washers, Refrigerators/Freezers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Furnaces, Boilers, Heat pumps, Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Motor VFDs, Other EE, Renewable Energy, Vending Machine Controls, LED Lighting, Tankless Water Heater
Sectors: Low Income Residential
Parameters: The incentive has a minimum of $450.00


Name: Kate Brown
Address: 102 East Main St. Suite 209
Urbana IL 61801
Phone: (217) 244-6769
Email: cbrown4@illinois.edu

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.