Chicago energy audits branch out

Federal funds helped Energy Impact Illinois line up 3,500 building retrofits in the Chicago area, says field organizer Vito Greco. Now CNT Energy, the Wicker Park-based nonprofit organizing the yearlong coaching effort, is lining up partners to continue its energy assessments.

"Our aim is to create a more whole-home approach," Greco said. "This might include not just insulation and air-sealing, but also lighting, appliances, solar and even water management." The energy-efficiency clearinghouse would channel grants, rebates and free products to owners of houses and and 2-4 unit buildings.

Greco will give a progress report on the successor effort at Monday's East Village Association meeting. He'll also have tips on insulating and sealing homes for winter. The meeting starts at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

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