The following post was written by Julie Johnson with Journatic News Service. The original publishing of the story can be read here.
Georgene Jaback and Bob Woods, of Joliet, are the first homeowners in Will County to earn an Energy Star Silver Certificate for energy efficiency improvements to their homes.
Jaback and Woods were inspired to make the changes to their Frederick Street home after Jaback’s mother, Janet Jaback, of Elmwood Park, recently upgrade her home to make it more energy efficient. Janet Jaback was the first resident both in Cook County and the state to receive an Energy Star Silver Certificate. Georgene Jaback and Woods are the sixth homeowners in the state to receive the accreditation.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh and Mayor Tom Giarrante presented the couple with the certificate.
The Joliet couple improved their 50-year-old home with air sealing in the attic, basement and perimeter walls and insulation on the attic floor and in the conditioned basement. Their upgrades will reduce their air leakage rate by 35 percent, according to a press release issued by Will County.
“I noticed the difference in my home right away,” said Georgene Jaback in the press release. “The floors are warmer. I can walk around in my bare feet now, even when it is cold out. It is even warm in my basement, which has been cold since the day I purchased my place.”
To qualify for the Energy Star Silver Certificate, improvements must reduce energy use by 15 percent and must follow Illinois Home Performance guidelines. The program is handled by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Homeowners can start the process by completing an online energy profile at illinoishomeperformance.org.