Orland Park Residents Invited To Join Energy Saving Team

Orland Park Residents Invited To Join Energy Saving Team
Posted on 12/14/2011

The Village of Orland Park invites residents to join CUB's Energy Saving Team. CUB Energy Saver is a free online energy advisory service provided by the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), the only consumer group in Illinois focused solely on saving money for utility customers.

"Orland Park created its Smart Living Program in 2009, helping the community conserve energy and reduce its carbon footprint," said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "Since that time, we've had a number of residents and businesses join the village's conservation effort," the mayor added.

The Energy Saving Team is the first of its kind in the nation, providing ComEd customers with money-saving recommendations specifically tailored for their homes. Along with saving energy and money, those who join Orland Park's Energy Saving Team can earn points for cutting energy use. These points can be redeemed for free or discounted items at top retailers on line.

Participating on-line retailers that have contracted with CUB include ProFlowers, Footlocker, 1-800 Flowers, K-Mart, Loose Leaf Lounge, Sears, Florsheim, FTD.com, Omaha Steaks, the NBC Store, AutoZone, Diapers.com, The Children's Place, Sephora and The Sharper Image.

When residents join the CUB Energy Saving Team, it connects with their ComEd account to track their electrical use. CUB Energy Saver will recommend actions to help reduce energy use in residents' homes, offering tips that best fit residents' homes and lifestyles. Participants receive email messages to track their progress and earn reward points for electrical savings. Points may be redeemed for discounts at top on line retailers.

To join Orland Park's Energy Saving Team, visit www.CUBenergysaver.com/teams/OrlandPark. Residents need the ComEd account holder's name and account number to join.

"This is a great way for residents to learn how they can conserve energy in their homes and earn points and rewards for lowering their electrical use," said Trustee Patricia Gira, chair of the village's Recreation and Parks Committee. "The community's response to the village's many green programs has been great and we're happy to be able to team up with CUB to offer another way for residents to save money and energy," Gira said.

Smart Living Orland Park is comprised of five components, including Smart Neighborhoods, Smart Living, Smart Business, Smart Village and Smart Codes. The five part plan is encompassed within the village's ECOMAP, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Municipal Action Plan.

Smart Living Orland Park offers guidelines for the wise use of resources. Smart Building encourages green buildings in the community with Smart Codes calling for modernized building codes to encourage green construction and lifestyles. Smart Neighborhood encourages green homes in new subdivisions and with new construction in existing subdivisions.

Explaining the program's origin, McLaughlin said, "We have been working for many years on being sensitive of our environmental impact and Orland Park has led the way in many areas, including our Open Lands Program, community wide residential recycling and pedestrian oriented developments."

The mayor continued, "The village received national honors in October, 2007 for developing its new police facility from an existing building and making it a ‘green building.'"

The Orland Park Police Station is the first LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) Gold Certified police station in the country, being a model for energy and resource conservation.

"We wanted to take this further and develop a village wide program that offers incentives for all facets of the community --- residential, commerce and government --- to work together to conserve resources," McLaughlin explained.

"Helping people learn how they can conserve energy with CUB's Energy Saving Team is another way for all of us to learn more ways to help the environment," the mayor added.

Orland Park's CUB Energy Saving Team