Rend Lake College and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will host workshops aimed at helping Illinois residents keep energy costs down this winter in the face of projected record-high natural gas prices.
Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has urged Illinois residents to participate in the upcoming “Keep Warm Illinois” workshops scheduled at community colleges across Illinois, including RLC. With record natural gas prices anticipated for this winter’s heating season, Illinois households will face significantly higher utility bills, with costs up to 70 percent higher than last winter. While every family in Illinois will be affected, higher home heating costs will create a particular hardship for senior citizens and families already struggling to get by. These workshops will educate Illinoisans about energy-saving strategies to help reduce the cost of this winter’s heating bills through conservation and weatherization techniques.
“Home heating costs are threatening to break the budget for households across Illinois and our nation, but everyone can lower monthly bills by conserving energy and weatherizing their homes. Residents statewide should attend these important workshops designed to offer Illinois families the opportunity to learn more about cutting energy costs so their bills are much more affordable,” said Gov. Blagojevich.
The workshops broadcast to community colleges throughout Illinois will feature cost-conscious home energy efficiency subjects, including insulation, weatherization, heating, water heating, energy-efficient appliances and lighting. Attendees will learn important do-it-yourself tips to reduce their utility costs. DCEO will host the workshops in partnership with Rend Lake College.
November workshops will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15; 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17; and 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and all will be held in Room 142 of the Learning Resource Center at the Rend Lake College Ina campus. The workshops will last approximately one hour and will include written materials, a video presentation and a question-and-answer period. Energy professionals from throughout Illinois have volunteered to lead the workshops.
“The ‘Keep Warm Illinois’ campaign will inform and educate residents in every corner of the state so they can save money by conserving energy,” said DCEO Director Jack Lavin. “Gov. Blagojevich and I encourage all Illinoisans – especially senior citizens and those with lower incomes – to attend a workshop and learn how to keep warm while reducing your utility bill this winter.”