14H ............................BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRATSUNDAY FEBRUARY 25 2018 Making Homes More Energy Efficient Ameren Illinois Has Incentives and Resources ToHelp Residential Customers By Rebekah Hoffmann Contributing Writer Would you like to cut your energy costs while keeping the temperature of your home comfortable throughout the year? Are you looking for quick and simple ways to reduce your bill? Ameren Illinois can help residential customers save money and boost comfort through its Energy Efficiency Programs. These programs can provide detailed recommendations specifically tailored to your home and help you take advantage of financial incentives to make energy-saving upgrades. Residential customers can learn more about Ameren Illinois’ available incentives by visiting their booth at the HBA Home Show. The program’s most popular offerings for Illinois customers are tHome Efficiency, Smart Thermostats, and Energy-Efficient Lighting. Home Efficiency The Home Efficiency offering provides incentives to Ameren Illinois customers to help make their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. Through a home energy audit, the program can identify specific areas of the home where energy is being wasted. A specially trained energy adviser will look for common problems like drafts, inconsistent temperatures and heating and cooling issues that can result in higher utility bills. Once the audit has been completed, the energy advisor will make customized recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency. After you have decided which improvements you want to make, a trusted local contractor who is registered with the program will install the energy-saving products and help you take full advantage of the available incentives. Customers who have used the Home Efficiency offering and followed the recommendations have successfully lowered their energy bills by hundreds of dollars and improved home comfort. There are certain eligibility requirements for the offering. Stop by Ameren Illinois’ booth or visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com to get more specifics. Energy-Efficient Lighting If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce electric costs in your home, Ameren Illinois’ Energy-Efficient Lighting offering may be the perfect fit. The offering offers instant discounts on energy-efficient light bulbs at more than 800 retail stores across Illinois – including many in the Metro East. By replacing incandescent lights with efficient LEDs, you can cut your energy use by up to 80 percent. Plus, these energy-efficient light bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than conventional lighting. The program also hosts many lighting clinics throughout the year at retail stores. These clinics educate homeowners on the benefits of energy-efficient lighting, the different types of light bulbs and how to select what’s right for their homes. To find upcoming lighting clinics or participating retail stores, visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com. Smart Thermostat Rebates If you are looking for a simple way to reduce heating and cooling costs and better manage your energy use, a smart thermostat may be the perfect solution. Smart thermostats allow you to remotely manage your home’s comfort level and can even learn your behaviors and preferences. For a limited time, you can receive up to $100 back from Ameren Illinois when you purchase and install one of these devices. To learn about all of Ameren Illinois’ available incentives, rebates and energy-saving resources, please visit AmerenIllinoisSavings.com or call 1-866-838-6918.

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