Dial up energy, property tax savings

Amy Bobel displays a free showerhead available through the ComEd-Peoples Gas energy efficiency program.

Energy-saving swag was featured at the June 4 East Village Association meeting. Lightbulbs and showerheads weren't being given away. But they are free to homeowners who sign up for an energy efficiency assessment.

Amy Bobel, outreach coordinator for the local utility program, displayed samples of the freebies in a Happy Village patio demonstration. Owners of houses, two-flats, condos and town houses qualify for free thermostats, power strips, pipe insulation and other items.

An adviser will visit the building and make energy-saving recommendations. Renters may participate with landlord permission. Participants who buy smart thermostats from the utilities get free installation. To sign up, visit the Peoples Gas or ComEd websites or call 1-844-367-5867.

Continuing the money-saving theme, real estate agent Greg Nagel advised EVA members how to cut their property taxes. The owner of Ask Nagel Realty, 1919 W. Division St., says the best bet is to pre-file for an appeal with the Cook County Board of Review. The board no longer requires homeowners to do research, and will not penalize them by raising assessments. Meanwhile, check for available homeowner and senior exemptions. To get an alert on filing dates, call 312-603-5586

Summer jazz, pop and youth performances have begun at the Polish Triangle, the CTA Blue Line plaza at Ashland, Division and Milwaukee. For a schedule, visit the Polish Triangle Coalition website.

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