It’s Winter: Is Your Chicago Home Ready?

December 02, 2010

Chicago residents experienced their first official snowfall yesterday.

Hopefully, they were prepared with hats, gloves and scarves to keep them warm.

But are those resident’s homes ready for winter weather in Chicago?

Here are some cost-effective tips to prepare your home for winter from ComEd:

Home in snow.

Get your home ready for winter before the snow piles up.

*Have a professional clean and inspect your heating system. If you haven’t changed the filter recently, do it before it gets colder.

*Check for drafts around windows and doors. You might need to replace caulk or add weather-stripping to drafty areas, or warm air will escape and it will cost you more to keep your house comfortable.

*If you have a window air conditioner in place, either remove it or put a cover over it to eliminate drafts.

*Reverse the rotation of ceiling fan blades so the rising warm air can be re-distributed around the room.

“Energy conservation doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated,” said Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd president and COO. “ComEd offers simple, low-cost steps that will produce annual savings for customers.”

The electric company also offers help to struggling households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP funds are for households with incomes up to 150 percent of the federal poverty level, so a family of four with a monthly gross income of $2,756 or less would qualify for assistance.

If you rent, and your heat and electric is included in the rent, you could be eligible for assistance if your rent is greater than 30 percent of your income.

The funds come in the form of a one-time credit on ComEd customer’s energy bills.

To find out more information or to apply for LIHEAP in Cook County, call (312) 456-4100 or visit or

Hope you have a safe and warm winter!

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