Citizens Utility Board Energy Saver: To take advantage of this free service, residents create a profile that includes some information about their home and energy usage. Once registered, consumers can see what their likely cost savings would be if their household made certain changes and search for energy saving tips based on cost of implementation. Suggestions range from investing in energy efficient appliances to cleaning the oven by hand. Consumers may link the program to their ComEd electric bill to run an analysis on energy usage and suggest additional ways to save. Furthermore, residents can earn rewards and coupons for enacting green habits at home. Residents can begin using the free program by visiting www.cubenergysaver.com/teams/sarafeigenholtz and completing the registration.
City of Chicago Weather Relief: Sign up for alerts through the Extreme Weather Notification System and you will be notified when dangerous weather conditions exist. Sign up online.
City Warming Centers: City warming centers operate between December 1 and March 1 or when temperatures are below 32 degrees. Hours are generally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Additional locations and extended hours may be announced when needed. The city warming center closest to the 12th district is located at 4740 North Sheridan. As always, you can call 311 to locate additional warming centers or to request a well-being check for a friend, family member or neighbor.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): LIHEAP helps low income households with home energy costs. For more information or to learn how to apply, visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website or the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website. To apply for assistance, 12th District residents should call CEDA at (800) 571-2332.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Summer Assistance Program: The LIHEAP Summer Energy Assistance Program is targeted to at-risk households defined as seniors,persons with disabilities, families with children less than 60 months of age as of the date of application, and those with medical conditions that would be aggravated by extreme heat. See the flyer here and call CEDA at (800) 571-2332 for more information.
Parking Restrictions: The city’s overnight winter parking ban went into effect on December 1. On streets affected by the ban, parking is restricted between 3:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. until April 1, 2012 and is in effect whether or not there is snow on the ground. A map of the overnight parking ban can be found here. In the 12th District, Cannon Drive south of Diversey is affected by this ban, but many of our main roads are only affected by the 2″ snow ban. A map of the 2″ snow ban can be found here.
“Share the Warmth”: Share the Warmth is administered by the Community and Economic Development Association and helps low-income natural gas customers by providing matching grants for heating bills. More information can be found here.
Winter Storm Preparedness Guide: The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) teamed up with the National Weather Service (NWS) and American Red Cross to develop the Winter Storm Preparedness Guide and provide winter weather safety tips. IEMA and NWS also recommend stocking up on emergency preparedness kits for homes and vehicles with items ranging from batteries to non-perishable foods. Visit www.ready.illinois.gov for more information on emergency preparedness.