IL DCEO Earns Partner of the Year Award for Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

DCEO earns an award for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency via the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program in partnership with MEEA  
Chicago, IL, April 3, 2014 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by delivering energy efficiency information and services to its customers. DCEO’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014.
DCEO, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2010, is being honored for its work to increase market share of energy-efficient Home Performance with ENERGY STAR homes through comprehensive outreach, education, and marketing programs. 
DCEO sponsors Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, a successful and fast-growing statewide program coordinated by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). The program helps Illinois homeowners improve the comfort, safety, value, and efficiency of their homes. To date, Illinois Home Performance has awarded Silver and Gold Certificates of Completion to over 2,500 Illinois homeowners. The program has also trained hundreds of home performance contractors in advanced building science and offers an ongoing training program to teach real estate professionals about the value of energy efficiency in Illinois homes.
“MEEA is dedicated to supporting DCEO’s partnership with ENERGY STAR,” said Aimee Skrzekut, Director of Programs at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. “Through Illinois Home Performance, we are helping thousands of Illinois residents save energy and money while increasing the comfort, safety and durability of their homes.” Read what ENERGY STAR has to say about DCEO here.
Through 2013, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved $297 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 2.1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Illinois Home Performance sets a high standard for organizations across the country that deliver energy efficiency and environmental programs,” said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Through Illinois Home Performance, they are demonstrating how Americans can save money and energy while protecting the environment and fighting climate change.” 
The 2014 Partner of the Year Awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program. You can view the full list for 2014 here.
About MEEA
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. Illinois Home Performance is made possible by many groups including the Illinois Energy Office, MEEA, Energy Impact Illinois, as well as Illinois’ electric and natural gas utilities. For more information on the Illinois Home Performance program, call 866-395-1032 extension 1 or visit www.IllinoisHomePerformance.org.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).