COAL CITY – The Coal City Village Board is taking part in a ComEd program to replace fixtures across city properties, with ComEd helping bear some of the cost. The program is similar to one the city participated in 2017, which saw light fixtures in Village Hall replaced.
Jeff Hettrick, external affairs manager for ComEd, said the programs are the result of the act passed last year called the Future Energy Jobs Act.
“It allows a lot of energy incentive programs,” Hettrick said.
This year, the Coal City board will use the program to upgrade some of the fixtures in the Coal City Police Department.
“This incentive offers considerable savings and the age of the existing fixtures necessitate their replacement prior to the capability to replace the existing department structure,” the board’s resolution read.
Under the agreement, the board will pay $4,770.35 toward the installation of lighting in the police department, and receive $11,120 worth of fixtures, materials and services.
The program isn’t only for the village. Hettrick said that a full list of programs is available for homeowners.
“At our cost, ComEd will come out to your house and look and see exactly how you’re using energy in your house,” Hettrick said. “We’ll give you recommendations on what you can do what you can change. The big items are that we will replace all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs.”
As anecdotal evidence, he said that when he replaced all of the bulbs in his home with LEDs, Hettrick’s electric bill went down 10 percent.
He said they would even replace the bulbs in a high chandelier.
“This is your opportunity to have one of our engineers replace those bulbs,” he said. “But they don’t dust the chandelier while they’re doing it.”