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Energy Aide Program

The Nicor Gas Energy Aide Program provides qualifying households with monetary relief for their natural gas bills.
Eligibility is based on several factors, including household size and income.

The Nicor Gas Energy Aide program is administered by select local agencies. Eligible residential customers can receive an Energy Aide Grant up to $250 toward their past due balance. This grant does not need to be paid back. To find an office near you, please visit our Energy Assistance page for a list of agencies. You can also use the Local Agencies dropdown below. 

COVID-19 Special Assistance

A special program component is available for customers who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will run until December 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. If eligible, customer can receive a grant up to $300 toward their past due balance. Please contact your local area agency for details.


  • Meets income guidelines for the Nicor Gas Energy Aide Program.
  • Natural gas bill must be in applicant's name.
  • Customers must show proof of income for all persons living in the household over 18 years of age to receive grant:
    • Must have photo ID.
    • Must show unemployment filing document or letter from employer.
  • Customers who previously received LIHEAP, PIPP or Sharing funds are eligible.
  • Residential customers who have a non-heat account may also apply.

Income Guidelines:

Customers must fall within the income guidelines based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Residential customers must be at or below 300% of the FPL. 

Nicor Gas Energy Aide Income

Family Size

Maximum Gross 

Monthly Income 300%


















  • Match the size of the pan to the burner and adjust the flame to fit the pot. A six-inch pan over an eight-inch burner wastes 40 percent of its heat.
  • Cover pots and pans with lids when cooking. This will reduce your cook time and decrease wasted heat.
  • Minimize the number of times an oven door is opened during cooking. Opening the door loses between 25 and 50 degrees of heat.

Sinks and Showers

  • Limiting your showers to four to five minutes can cut water use almost in half and conserve energy used to heat the water.
  • Fix leaky faucets and toilets. Even one drip per minute from one faucet can waste 34 gallons of water per year!
  • Install faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. Using faucet aerators can reduce tap water consumption by 50 percent, saving 1,100 to 1,500 gallons of water per month. Similarly, low-flow showerheads can cut a typical 40-gallon shower to just 12.5 gallons of water.

Washers and Dryers

  • Use a water-level setting that matches the size of the washer load. Your washer will use the same amount of energy no matter the size of the load, so make sure to fill it up.
  • Dry full loads but be sure not to overload your dryer. If your dryer is full, it will take longer for clothes to dry. Similarly, loads that are too small will spend more per item when running only to dry a few things. Air dry items when possible to balance this out.
  • Don’t over-dry clothes. Use the automatic moisture control or select the appropriate amount of time on the automatic timer.
  • Separate heavier clothes (towels, heavy cottons) from the lightweight fabrics (synthetics) for more efficient drying.

Water Heaters and Furnances

  • Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees. For every 10-degree reduction in temperature, you can save up to five percent on your water heating costs.
  • Use a water heater insulating blanket. Insulating a water heater can cut standby heat losses up to 45 percent and save you up to 16 percent annually on your water heating bill.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when no one is home. Homeowners can save $50 to $70 a year with these devices.
  • Seal and insulate your home with weather-stripping, caulking and outlet gaskets. For just a couple hours of your time, weather-stripping can save 10 to 20 percent of your energy usage.


  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ductwork or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls, floors and ceilings. Between 20 and 30 percent of air is lost through holes, leaks and poor duct connections in your home.
  • Add more insulation. Homeowners can save 15 percent on heating and cooling costs by air sealing and adding insulation to attics and walls. The amount of insulation you need depends on climate and your heating and cooling system.

Free Weatherization

Provides free air sealing, insulation and energy efficiency improvements for homes.

877.411.WARM (9276) |

Local Agencies

Arab American Family Services
Counties served: Cook

Community Action Partnership of Lake County
County served: Lake

Community Contacts, Inc.
847.697.4400 (Kane)
815.758.3835 (DeKalb)
Counties served: DeKalb and Kane

East Central Illinois Community Action Agency
Counties served: Ford, Iroquois and Vermillion

Ford Heights Community Service Organization
County served: Cook

Kankakee County Community Services
County Served: Kankakee

Loaves & Fishes 
County served: DuPage

Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency
Counties served: JoDaviess and Stephenson

Project NOW
Counties served: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island

County served: Cook

Respond Now
County served: Cook

Salvation Army

Tri-County Opportunities Council
Counties served: Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall,Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside

Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials
Counties served: Brown, Pike and Schuyler

Will County Center for Community Concerns
County served: Will

Need a payment arrangement? 

In addition to energy assistance programs, we offer flexible payment arrangements. 
Call us at 888.642.6748 to make a payment arrangement.