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BASE (Business Alliance for a Sustainable Evanston) has launched “Exit Signs for Evanston,” a campaign to save Evanston businesses money while bringing the community closer to fulfilling the Evanston Climate Action Plan.

The goal is to replace 1,250 old exit signs, eliminating over 6.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.  Doing this will achieve 5 percent of the Evanston Climate Action Plan goal for commercial building efficiency. Anyone who wishes a new exit sign may sign up online ( or call 312- 496-6810.

The $75 price includes installation by a licensed electrician in June. Additionally BASE members say they will help business-owners work with DCEO to get the $22/sign rebate available through their energy-efficiency program (equivalent to the ComEd program but for the public sector). This would bring each sign down to $53. 

Hubbell Dual Lite LX Series LED Exit Sign Low-profile exit signs feature LED lamps with a lifetime warranty. BASE says the payback will be in about 7.2 months with available ComEd rebates.

LEDs last 10 years and consume 1/10 the energy of incandescent signs.