Who is eligible for an assessment?
Owners of single-family homes, two-flats, condos and townhomes are eligible. Some three and four unit buildings may also be eligible; please call 855-433-2700 to verify. Renters in these building types must obtain the property owner’s written permission prior to the assessment, including which free energy-saving products have been approved for installation, and the landlord’s contact information. A handwritten notice is acceptable. Tenants of multi-family buildings can learn about assessment offerings in the Multi-Family Assessments Frequently Asked Questions.
Homeowners can call 855-433-2700 to schedule a free assessment. Please have your ComEd and natural gas utility account numbers (if applicable) available when you call. Tenants of multi-family buildings can learn about assessment offerings in the Multi-family Assessments Frequently Asked Questions.
The home energy assessment is a free visual inspection that determines the ways you use energy in your home. An energy advisor will collect information about your home’s energy use by taking a look at your heating system (e.g. furnace or boiler), cooling system (air conditioner), water heater and attic, if accessible. The energy advisor will then provide you with personalized recommendations identifying additional ways to save energy and money. During the assessment, the energy advisor may install the following energy-saving products:
Smart thermostats and select ENERGY STAR certified LEDs are also available for purchase at a discount.
There are two lighting options available through the assessment, which one should I choose?
As part of the assessment for homeowners, ComEd offers two energy-efficient lighting options; CFLs and LEDs. You can use this comparison document to help you choose the right energy-efficient lighting option for you.
As part of the assessment for homeowners, ComEd offers two energy-efficient thermostat options; a programmable thermostat and a smart thermostat, sometimes referred to as a learning thermostat. You can use the comparison document to help you choose the right energy-efficient thermostat option for you.
During the appointment, the energy advisor will attempt to install the products when possible to maximize your energy savings. There are some restrictions on where the energy-saving products may be installed, which the energy advisor will discuss with you during your appointment. The energy advisor will not install the energy-saving products if they are not confident they can install them safely or without damaging property.
Who will perform the assessment?
An energy advisor will perform the assessment. All energy advisors are ComEd-authorized contractors and will have a badge to identify themselves.
How long is the assessment appointment?
The assessment typically lasts 60 – 90 minutes, but may vary depending on the size of your home.
ComEd performs assessments all year long to identify energy efficiency improvements and install energy-efficient products. Every day is a good day for lowering energy use and saving money.
The average customer saves over $100 a year on utility bills as a result of the energy-saving products installed during the assessment. You’ll also learn about other ways to save and other rebates offered by ComEd and your local natural gas utility. Individual cost savings are not guaranteed and may vary based on weather, usage habits and energy and utility charges.
ComEd has partnered with Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas to help you save electricity and natural gas by offering a free assessment. Partnering with local natural gas utilities allows us to look at your home’s entire energy usage to save you even more. ComEd customers without natural gas service can still receive an assessment.
No, this is a free, walk-through assessment of your home’s energy usage and includes the installation of free and discounted energy-saving products. An energy audit typically includes more comprehensive home analytics and diagnostics including thermal imaging, blower door testing and combustion safety testing. An energy audit may cost $100 – $500, or more, whereas ComEd home energy assessment is free.
An individual over the age of 18 is required to be present during the assessment to accompany the energy advisor, to answer questions about your home, and to review the assessment report.