Will County Farm Bureau

"The incentives from energySMART made the project an easy sell to our board of directors."

Furnace rebates help Will County Farm Bureau get buy-in from board of directors

The Will County Farm Bureau in Joliet is a nonprofit organization that advocates for local farmers, supports locally grown food, provides college scholarships, promotes agriculture and much more.

After two years of getting by with their current equipment, the Farm Bureau decided to replace two of their furnaces.

The Farm Bureau was facing a $21,300 expense when energySMART offered additional incentives on some of the projects they were considering, including furnace rebates.

“We had to review the potential savings on the equipment and long-term energy savings against the cost of the project. Ultimately, the incentives from energySMART made the project an easy sell to our board of directors,” said Mark, manager of the Will County Farm Bureau.

With the help of energySMART, the Farm Bureau upgraded two condensing furnaces and received a rebate of $16,800. The total out-of-pocket cost for the Farm Bureau was $4,500.

Each year, the Will County Farm Bureau will save 1,452 therms and a total of $871.20 on their energy bills. The total therms saved is equal to planting six acres of forests in one year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We are very pleased to report that, despite this very cold winter, our natural gas bills are lower,” said Mark.