Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP)

According to the DOE, an average building wastes about a third of the energy it purchases. While investment in an energy audit and retrofit can have a quick payback, the Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program allows public facilities to start saving money right away without an upfront investment, while simultaneously learning about next steps to becoming more energy efficient.

STEP offers qualified public facilities free, high quality, energy saving products. Whether a school, park, community center, library or other public facility, participants can save enough energy to power a single family home in the first year alone.

Participation Process

  • ✔ Schedule and participate in a free onsite facility walkthrough assessment to gather product counts
  • ✔ Install the free products shipped to your facility within three months of delivery and begin saving energy, money and maintenance time
  • ✔ Complete the Installation Verification Form detailing where products were installed
  • ✔ Discover additional incentives, rebates, programs and educational opportunities available in Illinois via a customized report

Do you represent an Illinois public facility?

STEP serves a limited number of public facilities each year, so please join our Wait List today.

The 2014/2015 STEP program has concluded, but we encourage potential participants to sign up for this 2015/2016 wait list. Pending funding, the STEP program may continue to serve Illinois public facilities in the coming year. All wait listed facilities will be contacted when further information is available, and in the meantime, feel free to reach out to step@mwalliance.org with any specific inquiries.

The Illinois STEP program is available each year pending program funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Signing up for the STEP Wait List does not commit your facility to participate, or infer STEP’s ability to accommodate your facility.

Illinois STEP Products

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Product Overview

Exit Signs

Available in two options: new exit signs and retrofit kits
Available in three options: dual threaded standard sized aerators, Chicago-style aerators, and junior aerators

Check out this handy Aerator Sizing Guide


Uses 1.5 gallons of water per minute and is tamperproof
Green Nozzle
Efficient pre-rinse sprayer uses less than 1.3 gallons of water per minute
Simple, non-dimmable 13W spiral CFL bulb, designed for indoor use
Outdoor LED
Engineered for outdoor use, 18W
Occupancy Wall Switch
Available in two options: with a grounded neutral wire and without
Designed for non-perishable, refrigerated vending machines, such as soda machines
Designed to control unrefrigerated vending machines

Time to install your products?

Check out STEP TIPS AND TRICKS for helpful hints!

Interested in Bringing STEP to your state?

Part of the STEP program’s strength lies in its scalability and potential to educate and engage a wide range of public facilities around new incentives throughout an ever-expanding region. Already the program demonstrates a propensity for rapid growth, exceeding first year participation goals by 50 percent and necessitating a Wait List to capture interest beyond program capacity.

For more information about STEP, contact Catherine Krasner at (312) 784-7259 or step@mwalliance.org.