“This home and garden is basically my life now,” says retiree Ray Slapak. He and his wife bought their house in 1958 so both sons could have a bedroom.
Together, Ray’s family shaped the house into a home—one that he and his wife would celebrate their 50th anniversary in, decades later. They installed a kiln in the basement, where his wife made ceramic vases and plates that still decorate the house. She cooked with the marjoram and basil Ray grew for her. And he spent time with his sons, who shared his interests in football and the outdoors.
Ray taught his sons to take care of their home by conserving energy. But while Ray still turns off his lights, unplugs small items when not in use and keeps his air filters clean, his house was wasting energy—and money—in bigger ways. When his great-niece told him about Ameren Illinois' energy efficiency program, he contacted us.
“I was surprised how easy it was to work with Ameren Illinois,” Ray says.