Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability Newsletter | May 2023

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Cook County Seal | Toni Preckwinkle | Cook County Board President

Environment and Sustainability | May 2023

Grow Geo Chicagoland Pilot Program Launches  

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Did you know that geothermal heat systems are an energy efficient method for heating and cooling a home? Geothermal heat systems pump heat from the ground into your home or "vice versa" and because they move heat rather than generate it, they can reduce energy costs up to 70% compared to traditional systems.   

Cook County is partnering with the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois (GAOI) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) to offer a geothermal group-buy pilot program for County residents called Grow Geo Chicagoland. This group-buy program is designed to educate consumers about geothermal systems and for those interested in participating, it secures a reliable contractor to install the systems at a volume-pricing discount. The Grow Geo program also has a series of price breaks as the program hits participation benchmarks. The cost to residents goes down as more people sign up.

Geo-Power Hours

Free informational presentations called “Geo-Power Hours” will be offered through November 2023. During the presentation, you will receive:  

  • An overview of how geothermal heat pumps operate, are designed and installed  
  • Details about the environmental benefits including energy and costs savings of a geothermal system for your home  
  • Info on available local and federal incentives for geothermal systems

A Geo-Power Hour is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This event is hybrid so you can attend in-person at Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton St., Skokie, 60077) or virtually. More details about this Geo-Power Hour and how to register can be found here.

Visit for details about upcoming Geo-Power Hours and additional information about the program.

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