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A chance for Rock Falls to become thriftier with energy

With winter on the horizon, Rock Falls residents owe it to themselves – and their wallets – to investigate an energy efficiency program announced last week for homes and apartments.

The 19th-century inventor of the electric light bulb was a fan of thrift. So should be the 21st-century people who depend on his invention.

Thomas Edison would nod in agreement with an energy efficiency program that is now available to qualifying Rock Falls residents.

“Waste is worse than loss,” Edison once said.

“The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly.

“The scope of thrift is limitless.”

Rock Falls residents have the chance to become more thrifty with their energy dollars at home because of the new program that was announced last week.

The city joined forces with six other Illinois communities to win a combined $325,000 grant.

As long as the money lasts, those who apply and are accepted can participate in the two-pronged program.

The first component is for managers or owners of apartment complexes or condominiums that have more than five units.

In the Multifamily Comprehesive Energy Efficient Program, all apartments and condo units would receive energy efficient light bulbs – a definite upgrade from Edison’s incandescent variety.

The program also would cover energy efficient thermostats and shower heads, along with faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom.

The second component of the program – the Complete System Replacement – assists with the upgrading of furnaces and air-conditioning units for homes and small apartment buildings (three units or less) by offering rebates of $700 to $1,000.

People may go to the city of Rock Falls website,, for information.

Of course, people who don’t qualify can still take it upon themselves to improve the energy efficiency of their dwellings.

The scope of thrift is limitless, eh?

With autumn settling in and winter on the horizon, now is the time to put Edison’s words to the test.

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