Twinn Transmission

"Knowing that we save money every month really takes the pressure off.” – John, co-owner

John doesn’t think twice when he revs up his energy-efficient heaters during severe Illinois winters.

John Cartina and his twin brother are in the business of cars. Since 1979, the Cartina brothers have provided the complete automotive experience and seamless customer service at their transmission rebuilding and auto repair shop, Twinn Transmission, located in Franklin Park, Ill. 

In response to the growing success of their business, the Cartina brothers made the decision to relocate their shop to a more spacious location. However, soon after moving, John found their shop’s energy costs were out of control. To his surprise, it cost anywhere from $700–$1,300 every month to heat the new 6,000-square-foot, high-ceiling warehouse. With his fluctuating energy bill, John knew that in order to lower his monthly heating bill and maintain a comfortable space for his staff and customers, his heating equipment would need a serious upgrade. 

That’s when energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, came to put the brakes on Twinn Transmission’s burdensome energy costs. 

John visited after receiving a bill insert in one of his Nicor Gas bills. He was directed to a representative who explained the rebates and application process. “The program representative walked me though everything, and it was all very easy,” said John.  

energySMART assigned John an Energy Advisor to assess his business’ energy use, identify opportunities to save energy and recommend rebate opportunities that are offered as part of the program. As a result of the assessment, the shop’s heating equipment was replaced with infrared heaters, which provide instant radiant heat to specific areas where temperature control is needed most. John solved his energy-cost dilemma by also installing a high-efficiency water heater, furnace and programmable thermostat.  

“Now my bills are nothing to worry about,” said John. “Since the upgrade in my heating system, my largest winter energy bill has been $325.”  

Saving almost $1,000 per month on winter energy bills, John and his twin brother have been able to invest the money in other parts of their business. Most recently, they purchased new tools for the shop and used additional savings to help pay for insurance and other operational expenses.