Energy efficiency—using less energy for the same services—is the easiest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy use. As we save more energy and use less, we reduce the amount of carbon emissions we emit, making efficiency an invaluable resource for combating climate change. Further, investing in energy efficiency puts money back in the pockets of residents and helps local businesses become more competitive.

Current Laws
Future Energy Jobs Act Energy Efficiency Provisions:
The Illinois Power Agency Act (IPAA) was enacted in 2007 and established the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), which:
Building Energy Efficiency Codes:
Our Vision
      • Illinois’ regulatory environment should support energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency opportunities in the state should be maximized. All cost-effective energy efficiency gains should be achieved for both electricity and natural gas.
      • Illinois should ensure that consumers are educated on the benefits of the smart grid through programs that allow them to use energy in a more efficient, smarter manner.
What You Can Do
Follow these four easy steps to become make your home and/or office more efficient!
Visit IEC affiliates Elevate Energy and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance websites to learn more about what you can do to become more efficient!
Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit environmental agency with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County.

Partners for Parks and Wildlife

Partners for Parks and Wildlife (PPW) is a grassroots coalition that is dedicated to secure and increase funding for open space and park acquisition, natural area preservation, wildlife habitat protection and recreational opportunities in Illinois.

Learn More About Climate Change

The U.S. EPA’s website on climate change was once a great resource for basic scientific information on the topic and we look forward to the day that it is again. Until then, the City of Chicago is making sure its citizens have access to research and information.


One of the simplest ways to donate to the IEC is by contributing through EarthShare in your workplace charity campaign .