Comprehensive energy solutions for buildings.


This website continues the saga of the Energy Detectives® that began at the offices of Informed Energy Decisions, LLC from 2003 to 2008. Looking forward, co-founder Cappy Kidd continues to bring his expertise to various projects to improve the energy performance of built environments, old and new. Check out Energy Detective Kidd's On the Case reports.

Energy Detectives' recent and current projects range from ice rinks to museums, LED lighting retrofits in major buildings and city streets, to visiting Cuba with the first delegation of the Association of Energy Engineers. Along the way, you'll meet some of Cappy's collaborators and technology developers as we continue to make our world more energy efficient and environmentally sound. We've posted the most recent news in the righthand column.

The Residential and Commercial menus from Informed Energy Decision's history continue to provide building owners with invaluable resources.

Our detective stories are ready for your reading (click on the hat).
We're ready for your case.  

Our services include:

  •   Energy audits
  •   Cost analysis
  •   Recommendations on retrofits and best practices
  •   Energy Star™ certification
  •   Advice on energy-based tax incentives
  •   Consulting for green design, rehab and construction


Highlights of Informed Energy Decision Projects

In early fall of 2008, Informed Energy Decisions completed our 1000th energy condition survey of existing single-family homes in the Chicago area.

The Award Winning, 'Super Green' Avery-Donaldson House

Informed Energy Decisions is proud to have served as the green and energy advisor for the Avery-Donaldson house, one of the greenest homes in America and winner of the Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission 2008 Preservation Award for New Construction.

See how we future-proofed Homestead Inn' s energy performance. View the Powerpoint Presentation.

Energy Star Benchmarking for Intercontinental Hotel Chicago

In 2008 Informed Energy Decisions conducted the Energy Star™ benchmarking study for the 70-story 750,000 square-foot Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Intercontinental is the first hotel in Chicago to achieve the Energy Star™ designation.

The Energy Detectives featured in the Chicago Reader article "Follow That Draft" .
Read it
and learn how we can help you improve your building's energy performance.

Read Crain's "Chicago can be greener; here's how you can help" at this link.



CAPPY KIDD brings Sustainability Partners to Southland Chicago, February 2017

A dozen or more facility managers and engineers meet at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood on February 16 to learn about SP's innovative program to upgrade mechanical and lighting systems with no upfront capital expenditures to the end user. Visit the SP websiteand don't hesitate to call Cappy to learn more about this new service.

CAPPY KIDD joins Association of Energy Engineers Trade Mission to Cuba, June 2016

Cappy's On the Case report
"Cuba's Commitment to Solar Power and Renewable Energy" is posted HERE.

Taking LED lighting solutions to State Chief Engineers, October 2015

Cappy Kidd attends statewide conference of chief engineers and facilities managers for the State of Illinois universities, colleges, hospitals, and office buildings, to introduce advanced LED lighting solutions.

Informed Energy inducted into the environmental hall of fame

The Environmental Hall of Fame 2008 inducts Informed Energy Decisions along with 35 other honorees into the National, Illinois and Chicago Environmental Hall of Fame in Chicago, November 20-22 at Hotel Allegro, rated the greenest hotel in Chicago.

Pierce and Keely Shaye Brosnan were the 2008 national honorees.


Cappy Kidd and the Informed Energy Decisions team entered AKT Peerless (based in Farmington Hills, Michigan) to set up the Energy Services Divison from 2009 to 2012. This coincided with the duration of the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant programs. The AKT Energy Detectives worked for more than 50 cities and counties, conducting more than 150 energy audits on municipal buildings.


In 2008, the University Plaza, located at 900 Crane Drive in DeKalb Illinois, is a full-service student dormitory with living suites, cafeteria, indoor pool, gym and other recreational areas, study halls, a main lobby and convenience store. Occupancy varies widely throughout the year, from 500 to 600 students during the school year to an almost equal number for summer soccer camps and student field trips.

Cappy Kidd © 2008-2016