Project GREEN was inspired by the results of the recent Elmhurst Energy & Emissions Profile produced by the Center for Neighborhood Technology / Energy. The study found that the typical Elmhurst home uses 18% more natural gas than homes in DuPage County and 25% more electricity than homes in Chicagoland.
A modest remodeling effort, called a home energy efficiency retrofit, is the ideal solution for communities with single-family homes like ours that want to save energy. Existing homes present a huge opportunity for green upgrades, especially since the Department of Energy estimates that residential units in the United Sates consume 22% of the nation’s energy.
Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition planned Project GREEN as a one-stop resource to learn more about energy use in Elmhurst, learn more about home energy efficiency retrofits, find contractors that can do the work, and understand opportunities for tax credits and financing help.