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Creating More Resilient Communities in Illinois

Nicor Gas and Habitat for Humanity unite visions to create sustainable, smart and affordable communities.

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Together we are creating a brighter future

Learn more about how net zero homes contribute to a brighter energy future for all of us.

Nicor Gas and Habitat for Humanity believe that owning a home is the pathway to strength, stability and independence. The organizations are teaming up to build two new affordable, net zero communities in Aurora and Northern Fox Valley that exemplify these values.

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A Message From the CEO of Nicor Gas

Smart Neighborhoods™ Coming Soon

Nicor Gas President and CEO Wendell Dallas announces that Nicor Gas and parent company, Southern Company, are partnering with Habitat for Humanity to bring net zero homes to their Illinois service territory.

Community Spotlight

Building a Smart Community

In the heart of Aurora, IL, these ultramodern, one story homes feature accessible entrances for residents who need special accommodations for disabilities or wish to stay in their home long-term. Energy efficient appliances and home automation is designed to improve residents’ quality of life, while helping manage home expenses and monthly energy costs.

About the Communities

Empowering Communities

Empowering Consumers

The two new planned communities will provide residents a new level of freedom—freedom from the weight of expensive mortgages and a peace of mind that comes with energy efficient technology in their homes that leads to lower monthly energy bills.

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Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

The new homes will be designed to be carbon neutral, which means that they do not produce more CO2 than they use. That means that residents can feel good that they are doing their part to help the environment.

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Smart Technology

The new homes will come equipped with smart combinations of renewable, electric and natural gas technologies. More specifically, the Smart Neighborhoods™ will come equipped with high efficiency building envelopes, solar panels and battery solutions that allow for further reliability in the event of storms or inclement weather.

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