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Q3 2023

Industry News

DOE announces natural gas most affordable energy source

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that natural gas is 3.3 times more affordable than electricity and significantly more affordable than several other residential energy sources for the same amount of energy delivered. The 2023 Representative Average Unit Costs of Five Residential Energy Sources says: 


(Costs in Dollars per Million British Thermal Units (Btu)) 
Source: U.S. Department of Energy 
Representative Average Unit Costs of Energy for Five Residential Energy Sources 

“America’s natural gas is critical to American and global energy security,” said American Gas Association (AGA) President and CEO Karen Harbert. “DOE’s analysis confirms the very clear and substantial cost-advantage of natural gas. Our nation’s domestic abundance of natural gas means American customers pay a fraction of what customers pay for other energy sources here at home and see significant savings compared to energy costs globally.  Our industry invests $91 million every day to ensure our vast modern delivery infrastructure provides the reliability Americans expect.”

See full AGA press release here

Program Updates and Reminders

On-Bill Financing interest rate change Nov. 1

Our Energy Efficiency Loan offering, also known as On-Bill Financing, interest rate is going up!

Effective November 1, 2023, the interest rate for both the residential and small business/multi-family energy efficiency on-bill financing is increasing from 8.74% to 8.99%.

All other program terms remain the same. Any loans provided before the effect date will not change.

OBF is a benefit only for Contractor Circle members. Sign up to join Contractor Circle here!

If you are a CC member but aren’t an OBF-approved contractor and you want to participate, you can apply here.


Fall is the perfect time for steam trap and boiler tune-up projects

Fall is a great time to help your commercial and multi-family customers do:

  • Steam trap repair/replacements (survey required for process and dry cleaner traps) and
  • Boiler tune-up projects

Process boiler tune-ups are eligible for rebates every 2 years! Space heating boiler tune-ups are eligible every 3 years. Make sure to complete your boiler tune-up checklist!

Refer to the application to see eligibility requirements, supplemental documentation needed and invoice requirements. 

Offer more with a furnace and smart thermostat bundle!

Customers who install and apply for an energy efficient furnace and smart thermostat at the same time get a higher rebate! This puts more money back in your customer’s pocket and lowers the overall project cost. 

We have over 110 eligible smart thermostats, which you can find in our 2023 Q3 qualifying product list here (updated every quarter). If there’s a model that isn’t listed, but you think qualifies, please contact our team, and we will confirm eligibility and add to the list.


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Emerging Technology

What are the many benefits of Gas Heat Pumps?

Nicor Gas is always looking for ways to help our customers save energy and money. One way we do this is by evaluating and advancing new products through our Emerging Technology (ET) Program, which eventually can be added to our Energy Efficiency (EE) portfolio as a rebate or another offering.

Gas Heat Pumps (GHP’s), fuel by natural gas, are being evaluated through our ET program. This highly efficient technology can achieve 140% AFUE and can provide space heating, water heating or a "combi" option that combines both. And most commercial GHPs include cooling in addition to space and water heating! While commercial GHPs are already available for larger applications, several manufacturers are now coming out with smaller residential versions.

GHP benefits may include:

  • High fuel efficiency (up to140% AFUE) provides lower operating costs
  • Reduces Green House Gas (GHG) emissions due to increased efficiency and ultra-low NOx compliance
  • Natural refrigerant with zero global warming potential (GWP)
  • No combustion or refrigerant inside
  • Only water/food grade propylene glycol mix is used to transfer heat
  • Comfortable space heating even when outdoor temperatures are as low as -40o F/C with no backup required
  • Space heating with water heating combi option
  • No chimney, duct work, or electrical panel upgrades needed in most cases
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Training opportunities

Residential Gas Heat Pump Webinar - Sept. 28

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28
Time: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Virtual

Commercial gas heat pumps (GHPs), fueled by natural gas, are 140% efficient and are available from various manufactures, and now residential gas heat pumps are coming to market this fall!  Anesi is introducing their 80,000 BTH gas heat pump space and water heating combi, and Nicor Gas is hosting a webinar so they can provide an overview of their residential gas heat pump technology and installation considerations.

101 - Introduction to Anesi Gas Heat Pump (GHP) technology

8:30 to 9:30

  • How does GHP technology work?
  • Components that make up the system
  • GHP applications
  • Features of Anesi space/water heating combi

150– Anesi GHP Installation training for contractors (101 is a prerequisite)

9:30- 10:30

  • Site qualification
  • Installation highlights
    • Equipment placement
    • Component connections (hydronic, gas, electric)
    • Condensate management
  • Commercial water heating applications

Please register to learn more, and get your questions answered by the experts! If you cannot attend, we will email you a link to the recording.

Diverse Supplier 101 Webinar - Oct. 27

Date: Friday, Oct. 27
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Q&A to follow
Location: Virtual

Is your company considered a “diverse supplier"? Do you know the benefits of getting your certification or do you need help getting it?

If so, please attend to learn from the experts at the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) and Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (CMSDC):

  • What is a diverse supplier organization (such as Minority, Women, Veteran and LGBTQ ownership)
  • Who is eligible to get certified
  • How to get certified
  • Benefits of certification
  • And more!

Register to attend below! If you cannot attend, we will email you a link to the recording.

Commercial Gas Heat Pump Webinar - Nov. 9

Date: Thursday, Nov. 9
Time: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m., including Q&A
Location: Virtual

Highly efficient Commercial Gas Heat pumps, powered by natural gas, are available from several manufacturers. Learn how Robur’s GHP (Thermally Driven Air Source Commercial Heat Pumps) are a smart strategy for energy savings and decarbonizing. This training will review commercial applications as well as success cases for GHP technology within these spaces.

Topics will include:

  • What is a Thermally Driven (gas-fired absorption) Air Source Heat Pump
  • How energy efficient it is over traditional technologies
  • Why is it a smart strategy for decarbonization
  • Why it is “a bridge” to a net-zero future
  • Why electrification is not the sole answer to decarbonization

Sign up to put a hold on your calendar! If you cannot attend, we will email you a link to the recording.



Nicor Gas Workforce Training and Employment graduates its first cohort!

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program celebrated the graduation of its first Workforce Training and Employment (WTE) skilled cohort! The skilled cohort was a diverse group of six individuals who currently work in the trades. The group completed three weeks of weatherization training to develop those skills and obtained recognized industry certifications including the Building Performance Institute- Building Science Principles (BSP) and the Building Analyst-Technician (BA-T) certifications.

This program is instrumental in fostering the growth of the energy efficiency workforce and empowering participants to elevate their careers skillsets. Nicor Gas will have more than 40 workers successfully complete this program by the end of 2025, and all will be from underrepresented communities across the territory. It is the first utility-led initiative of its kind in Northern Illinois, and we look forward to helping many more participants build opportunities in the field!


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Q2 2023

Air sealing and insulation rebate increase and updates

Starting this month, both our single-family and multi-family air sealing and insulation (ASI) offerings now have expanded eligibility and some have higher rebates.


  • Expanded attic insulation rebates
    • New tiered rebates based on the home’s starting R-value which:
    • Provides higher rebates for homes with lower starting R value
    • Now includes homes with starting R-values between R15-R20


  • Bonus rebates are available from June - September 2023!
    • Air sealing and attic insulation projects get an additional rebate of up to $250 per unit if completed during this period 
    • Bonuses available per unit completed on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last
    • Work must be completed by Wednesday, September 30, 2023 to qualify for the bonus
  • Expanded attic insulation rebates
    • These tiered rebates follow the same R value guidelines as the newly expanded single-family offering
  • New measures have been added – exterior door weatherization
    • Door sweeps and door weatherstripping are now eligible for rebates

If you are already an approved contractor for these closed network offerings and want more details, or if you would like to learn how to participate, please contact Emilie Street at 630.283.9711 or

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Commercial Custom incentives can meet unique project needs

If a business is looking to complete an efficiency upgrade that is not on our list of prescriptive rebates, it may be eligible for our custom offering. Big custom projects can boost your bottom line while helping customers save even more therms and money for their facilities. For more information, call 312.344.1569 or visit


Summer is perfect for smart thermostats!

Smart thermostats are an easy way for customers to save money and energy in their home year round. There is a $25 bonus rebate when a qualifying smart thermostat is installed with a qualifying furnace and this rebate can be used in conjunction with the electric utility provider rebate, where applicable. Check out our Q2 thermostat qualifying products list (QPL) for an updated list of over 110 models that qualify for a rebate.


On-Bill Financing rate change

Effective May 1, 2023, the interest rate for both the residential and small business/multi-family energy efficiency on-bill financing (OBF) offering increased from 6.99% to 8.74%.

Find updated residential and commercial fact sheets on the Nicor Gas Trade Ally page here.

If you are a Contractor Circle member, but are not an OBF approved contractor, call 877.923.2665 or learn how to become an approved contractor so you can offer these low-rate loans that can be added directly to your customer's Nicor Gas bill.

Training opportunities

Commercial Gas Heat Pump workshop - June 21

Date: Wednesday, June 21
Time: 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

As the gas heat pump (GHP) market rapidly expands with the release of new equipment, there is strong growth within the commercialized thermally driven heat pump segment. Most GHPs now offer heating efficiencies of approximately 140%, and simultaneous heating and cooling efficiencies of 300% are achievable. During this workshop, you will learn about: GHPs currently available for commercial applications, how they work, economics, case studies, and upcoming GHP products. Industry experts will review features and benefits of commercially available GHPs.

Please join a 2023 GHP workshop that Energy Solutions Center will be hosting for commercial and industrial customers, consultants, engineers and other influencers on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 from noon - 2:30 p.m. CST. Register for the workshop here.


Building Operator Certification summer registration is now open

Builder Operator Certification (BOC) Level I classes are now open for registration with both online and in-person options. BOC Level II is also available for online classes. All Illinois residents pay $1,400 for a BOC training, nearly $300 less than the typical tuition fee. However, Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas and Peoples Gas customers may be eligible for a FULL tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the training.

Contractor Spotlight

Assured Energy Solutions protect customers with health and safety measures

Our Energy Efficiency Program is intended to help Nicor Gas customers save money and energy, but recently it also helped save lives.

Assured Energy Solutions determined a customer in Harvey qualified for an assessment through our Income Eligible offering. When Mike Lundford, an Assured assessor, performed the assessment, he noticed that there were no working smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, so he installed them during the assessment.  A few weeks later, there was a fire at the home, and the detectors that were installed through this program alerted the occupants.  Everyone in the home was able to escape without injury!  

A potential disaster was averted because Mike identified the need and installed these devices. That investment potentially saved several lives and that is worth reporting and celebrating! Thanks to our Trade Ally program provider, Assured Energy Solution, and their team, for helping make our customers’ homes more energy efficient and safer!

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Trade Ally resources and updates

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Join one of our closed contractor networks

We are looking for more contractors for the following networks:

  • Air sealing and insulation (ASI) contractors (Single-family and multi-family)
  • Duct Sealing contractors (Single-family)

If you are interested in learning more about the qualifications needed to join each of these networks, please contact:

Emilie Street


Q1 2023

2023 online applications are live!

Our new 2023 residential and commercial online applications are live and can be found here:

Here are some online application tips:

  • Remove old application links
  • Use Google Chrome (recommended)
  • Clear cache/browser history (Google Chrome shortcut: Control-Shift-Delete)
  • Do not include punctuation or special characters, including but not limited to, commas, periods, ampersands (&), percentage signs (%) or forward slashes (/)
  • Limit each field to 49 characters or less

You can also find our paper applications and other program information on our Trade Ally page found here:

Thank you for your patience and continued support of the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program!

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Submit residential furnace and smart thermostat together for a bundled rebate!

The NEW residential smart thermostat and furnace bundle was introduced in 2023! Now, when you install a rebate-qualifying smart thermostat and furnace at the same time, the total rebate increases by $25. To qualify, apply for the smart thermostat and furnace on the same application and include them on the same invoice.

For Contractor Circle installing members offering the rebate as an instant discount, here are some examples of how to list the bundle on the customer’s invoice to show the rebate was deducted from their bill:

  • Nicor Gas EEP rebate - 95% AFUE Furnace and Smart thermostat BUNDLE - $200
  • Nicor Gas EEP rebate - 97% AFUE Furnace and Smart thermostat BUNDLE - $275

Please reach out to our team with any questions!

Trade Ally resources and updates

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Our trade ally page is a one-stop shop!

We’re continually improving our Trade Ally page to include all resources you may need for our programs. Find all program brochures, qualifying product lists (QPL), webinars, case studies, white papers, applications and more. You can also watch recorded trainings and workshops, including a new webinar about Gas Heat Pumps that are 138% efficient! 

Updates to BPI certification

This update will affect weatherization contractors. Effective January 1, 2023, there are a few major changes to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certifications:

1.  The Building Science Principles (BSP) certificate is now a prerequisite for the new Building Analyst Technician certification. With a 1-2 day prep class (or self study), one must pass a 100 question online exam to earn the certificate. We are hosting a training on March 10! See below in our Training section for more information.

2. The Building Analyst certification has absorbed the Envelope Professional and been divided into two work-ready credentials: Building Analyst Technician (BA-T) and Building Analyst Professional (BA-P).

3. The BA-T covers data collection and diagnostic testing. It is awarded by passing a field exam that includes oral questions.

4. The BA-P covers the principles of using computer software to model the energy upgrade potential of a home and developing a scope of work. The BA-P is awarded by passing a written exam. The BA-T is a prerequisite for the BA-P.

The exams for the updated certifications are now available at BPI Test Centers. For more information on these changes, please visit:

Customer care opportunities

Offer more ways to help income-eligible customers with a new online tool

After nearly a year of helping customers find available energy resources, the Nicor Gas Community Connection Center (C3) is expanding its capabilities. The team recently released the Community Assistance Navigator (CAN), a self-service anonymous online tool that allows customers to see what assistance they are eligible for by answering a few questions. CAN and C3 are free services to help them learn about financial assistance programs, energy efficiency offerings and other resources. To use the CAN self-service tool or to contact the C3 team, visit

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Training opportunities

Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) training – March 1

Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Temperature Equipment Corporation
                 1313 Timber Drive   
                 Elgin, IL 60123

This 1-day course is designed by the Midwest Home Performance Association (Formerly the IL Association of Energy Raters - IAER) to introduce the skills necessary to become a Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier. If you've been thinking about getting BPI or HERS Certified but can't yet make the investment, this DET Verifier certification can be your bridge into offering home performance testing services. After successful completion of this course, you will be able to test the leakage of a building envelope and duct system, and evaluate the results as measured against Illinois code requirements.

Click here to register for the training, or the training and exam for the listed fee.

Building Science Principles – March 10

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Nicor Gas 
                 1844 Ferry Road
                 Naperville, IL 60563

Earning the Building Science Principles (BPI) certificate is your first step into the world of energy efficient home performance. The course is a broad overview of building science, residential construction, and home performance. This class will introduce and explore systems and interactions that should be considered when modifying or improving homes. Refreshments and lunch are included!

There is a fee to attend and space is limited, so register now to save your spot.

September 2022

Residential insulation and duct sealing bonus rebates start October 1!

Nicor Gas is offering a limited-time bonus on our attic insulation, basement/sidewall insulation and duct sealing rebates. From October 1 through December 31, 2022, approved air sealing and insulation contractors can offer these increased rebate amounts:

  • Attic insulation: $300
  • Basement/sidewall insulation: $200
  • Duct sealing $500

All other program requirements are the same, and the air sealing and wall insulation rebates have not changed. Contact Kenneth Hill at 312.940.9573 or for more details.

Commercial offering updates and highlights

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Steam trap rebates help commercial customers save

Now is a great time to promote industrial/process and dry cleaner steam trap rebates. Schedule your customers for steam trap surveys, repairs and replacements to help them save money while running their energy intense systems. Now is a great time to promote industrial/process and dry cleaner steam trap rebates. Schedule your customers for steam trap surveys, repairs and replacements to help them save money while running their energy intense systems. For current rebate levels and program requirements, visit


Custom incentives are available for energy-saving projects

Commercial customers planning large natural gas-saving projects that don’t qualify for our prescriptive rebates may qualify for a custom incentive. These projects require pre-approval but can lead to major operational savings for years to come. This is another great opportunity to promote energy and cost savings to your customers and incentivize them to complete projects that may not fall in the standard realm of opportunities. For more information, visit or contact your commercial outreach representative.

Install programmable thermostats for increased comfort and control in commercial facilities

Don’t forget that we have programmable thermostat rebates available if you are installing them for your customers. You can offer one with every fall tune-up or service, as well as with new equipment replacements. For the current rebate amount and program requirements, visit

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Customer care opportunities

Share information about Nicor Gas Community Connection Center with your customers

Some Nicor Gas customers are struggling due to the pandemic aftermath, inflation, and high energy prices. To help these customers, we launched the Nicor Gas Community Connection Center (C3) earlier this year to connect our customers in need with resources to help with these challenges. If one of your Nicor Gas customers is struggling and could benefit from one of the services listed below, please refer them to our Community Connection Center for assistance. They can use the C3 intake form at    

The C3 team can help connect them with:

  • Energy Assistance Programs most frequently used to help with bill payments: LIHEAP, Sharing, Shield of Caring, and Energy Aide
  • Internal Bill Payment Assistance: Budget plan and Deferred Payment Arrangements
  • Community Services: Food pantries, clothing resources, and housing/rental assistance
  • Free energy efficiency offerings to save more money and energy at home

We appreciate you partnering with us to help our customers during their time of need.

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Rebate processing tips and tricks

Qualifying Product Lists (QPLs) are now all in one location!

Our qualifying product lists (QPLs) include all the rebate-qualifying products for our program. You can find them on our website by each product listing, but we also added them to our Trade Ally page so that you can more easily access them. That page is found at the bottom of every page on Find all the QPLs in one spot, including our newly updated smart thermostat QPL that now has more than 100 eligible smart thermostats. If you want to install a model that is not listed on the QPL, please contact your outreach staff or our contact support center so we can review and confirm that it is program eligible.

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Rebate processing tips - Contractor invoice checklist

Use our invoice checklist and invoice sample as a guide to ensure all required information is on the invoice that is submitted with a rebate application. Make sure the invoice includes:

  • Contractor name, address and phone number
  • Account holder or business name and installation address (as it appears on the Nicor Gas account/bill)
  • Date installed and operational (clearly labeled)
  • Equipment description (e.g. 95% furnace), make/manufacturer, model, and serial number
  • Total installed cost (itemized by each piece of rebate-qualifying equipment/product/service)
  • Proof of payment or payment terms (balance due of zero, paid-in-full stamp or financing terms)

Note: For commercial rebates, certain rebates may require additional information on the invoice. Make sure that you thoroughly review the application for more details.

If you are a Contractor Circle installing member offering the rebate as an instant discount, your invoice must also include:

  • The full and correct rebate amount deducted from the purchase price, clearly labeled as a Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program rebate (Other discounts or rebates unrelated to Nicor Gas must be shown as a separate line item.)
  • Customer’s signature and date of installation (Customer must sign and date the final invoice or complete the Contractor Circle instant discount residential or commercial invoice checklist.)

Training opportunities

Duct Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier training

Insight Property Services is offering a one-day course designed by the Midwest Home Performance Association (Formerly the IL Association of Energy Raters - IAER) to introduce the skills necessary to become a Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verifier, certified to perform the diagnostic testing required for new homes by the 2018 IL Energy Code.

Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Temperature Equipment Corporation, Aurora, IL


Builder Operator Certification (BOC) training

Builder Operator Certification (BOC) is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy-efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures.

Nicor Gas is partnering with Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas to offer this training. Customers of any of these utilities may be eligible to receive a FULL tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the training.

BOC Level 1: Building Systems Maintenance has an upcoming class series:

  • October 6 – December 16: In-person in Chicago

June 2022

Important rebate processing reminders

When submitting a rebate application, remember these tips to ensure there are no processing delays.

  • Ensure that your invoice includes everything required on the invoice checklist. Download the residential checklist and the commercial checklist.
  • Confirm the name and install address on the rebate application matches the name and address on the customer’s Nicor Gas account/bill.
  • When submitting an online application, do not include any punctuation or special characters. This includes, but is not limited to, commas, periods or special characters such as question marks (?), percentage signs (%) or forward slashes (/).

Visit our Trade Ally page, found at the bottom of every Nicor Gas webpage, to find our reference library with program applications, fact sheets, checklists and more!

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Don’t miss Nicor Gas emails which include valuable program updates!

Make sure you and your company staff identify the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program email,, as a “safe sender”. If you don't identify this as a safe email address, it may go to your Junk or Spam box or may be blocked entirely by your security settings. Please share this important information with others at your company since this is the primary way we provide program updates.

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Learn about the rapidly expanding gas heat pump market

Gas heat pump (GHP) technology is currently available for commercial application and is expected to be available for residential in 2023. Learn more about this technology by watching the recorded virtual gas heat pump training conducted by the Energy Solutions Center Gas Heat Pump Consortium.

This workshop shared information about:

  • How GHPs work
  • Features and benefits of GHPs available for commercial and light industrial customers
  • How to reduce emissions and save money with GHPs
  • Installation, maintenance and design considerations
  • Top GHP manufacturers
  • Market opportunities
  • Case studies of real-world installations

Register and watch the GHP workshop here!

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Smart thermostats benefit you and your customers

As the weather gets warmer, it's the perfect time to introduce your customers to the benefits of smart thermostats!

Benefits to customers

Benefits to installer/trade ally

Saves money and energy

Remote access for troubleshooting (with permission)

Geo-fencing, automatic and long-term learning

Avoid a warranty callback for something simple

Modern design

Help decide what is needed to fix before making a trip

Remote control for when away from home

Early notification if an issue arises

Installer remote access for troubleshooting

Customer “tied” to installer


Here is the second quarter residential smart thermostat qualifying product list (QPL). If you install a model that you think qualifies but is not on the list, please contact us! We will verify and add to the list if it qualifies.

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Contractor Circle Spotlight: Thank you 2022 CONSTRUCT presenters!

We want to extend a special thank you to Contractor Circle members Jennifer Milazzo from Dykstra Home Service, Ryan Hoger from Temperature Equipment Corp, and Joe Konopacki from Insight Property Services. They recently presented on industry jobs at the 2022 CONSTRUCT Energy Efficiency Programs Day event. CONSTRUCT is an 11-week training program that provides information and guidance to people who are interested in pursuing careers in energy and construction-related fields. The program includes job shadowing and presentations given by industry professionals to give candidates an up-close look at the various career paths available in the energy sector, construction, and HVAC industries. We appreciate their support in helping us educate the next generation!

March 2022

Residential furnace rebate change effective April 1

Starting April 1, 2022, our residential 95% AFUE furnace rebate will decrease from $200 to $150. We wanted to provide the highest rebate possible for our customers during the peak heating season, and for you, when you were installing a higher volume of furnaces. This reduction is needed to help ensure funding is available for all four years of the cycle, but as always, rebates are subject to change. New applications and fact sheets reflecting this change will be available on April 1, 2022. Please inform your staff, and update any paperwork to reflect the lower rebate amount. Remember to use the updated rebate application to ensure you are offering the correct rebate amount and minimize processing delays.

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Out with the old, in with the new…applications

We have added some new rebate offerings and/or revised others for 2022. Discard 2021 applications to ensure you're offering the correct rebate amount and to eliminate processing delays. All updated applications, fact sheets and other materials are available to download on our website.

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Multi-family program definition change

Starting in 2022, our multi-family definition changed, and now buildings with 3 or more units are eligible for this offering. We made this change to align with other Illinois utilities and minimize confusion. Single-family and buildings with 2 units are still eligible for our residential offerings.


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Bookmark our updated Trade Ally page!

Our Trade Ally page is a one-stop-shop for all the information you need. It's easy to find; just click “Trade Allies” at the bottom of every Nicor Gas webpage, and you’ll find:

  • All program materials including applications, fact sheets, and checklists
  • The 2022 launch webinar recording
  • Program contact information - find the right person to answer your questions
  • Newsletters and more!
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Central Domestic Hot Water Control webinar

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program multi-family offering has a rebate for installing a “Central Domestic Hot Water Control” on an existing domestic hot water pump. Learn more about this technology by attending a webinar hosted by Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas on March 30 at 10 a.m. Register for the webinar here.

November 2021

Attend our 2022 Launch webinar to get a preview of program updates!

Learn about the program changes planned for 2022 at our annual Trade Ally launch webinar on December 9 at 8 a.m. Those who register and attend will receive a Dunkin' gift card in appreciation for your participation. Even if you cannot attend, a link to the recording will be sent to all trade allies that register.

Register now for the webinar!

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Our program year end is approaching!

Our program year ends on December 31, 2021. Please submit your rebate applications within 90 days of installation or by January 31, 2022, whichever comes first, to qualify for this years rebate.

Projects installed or completed on or after January 1, 2022, will qualify for 2022 rebates and should be submitted on our NEW 2022 applications. New applications will be posted on our website at the start of the new year. 

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Make sure your Contractor Circle membership is set for the new year!

If you are a Contractor Circle installing member (CCim), you will receive an email about your 2022 status shortly. If you want to check your participation and membership status or have any questions, please contact Kristine Dwyer at 224.760.0946 or

Not a Contractor Circle member yet? Installing and supplier trade allies can apply for Contractor Circle membership at any time. Click here to learn about eligibility requirements and to apply to become a member.


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Quality control verification is an important part of our program

The Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program performs quality control verifications on all rebate applications to verify the equipment was installed, is operational and meets the eligibility requirements. The Nicor Gas team, or one of our Implementing Contractors, will contact customers directly for these efforts. Outside third-party evaluators may also contact customers for evaluation of the program. Please contact us if you or your customers have questions.