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Contact: Tim Frisbie, 312-251-9913
March, 5 2012
Illinois' First Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate Awarded to Elmwood Park Homeowner
CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has issued its first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate to homeowner Janet Jaback of Elmwood Park, Ill. The certificate verifies the energy savings realized by Jaback through her participation in the new program, which helps homeowners cut energy costs and make their homes more energy efficient.
The certificate will also differentiate Jaback’s house from others on the market, if she decides to sell it. Starting this year, the Chicago-area Multiple Listing Service (MLS) will recognize the certificate as a third-party certification designating a green and sustainable home.
To participate in the program, homeowners first complete an online energy profile on www.illinoishomeperformance.org. They are then referred to a list of pre-approved local contractors, who can perform an in-home energy audit and also carry out suggested improvements to the home – often in the same day. This comprehensive approach ensures that the maximum energy savings are achieved at minimum cost in one coordinated plan. As the final step of the program, the contractor runs tests to verify the improvements are working as intended.
The work on Jaback’s home included performing extensive air sealing and adding additional insulation to the attic and basement. The project was completed by Yorkville-based Green Energy Improvement in less than a day. All told, the improvements are projected to reduce her energy bills by an estimated 35 percent, or $440 each year. According to Jaback, her first post-upgrade monthly energy bill was half its regular size.
The improvements follow the guidelines of the Illinois Home Performance program, which is managed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). The program is Illinois’ version of the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
“The Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate is awarded to homeowners who invest in a home energy upgrade that reduces their energy use by at least 15 percent and meets the stringent requirements of the program,” said Aimee Skrzekut, MEEA director of programs. “Through their commitment to energy efficiency, homeowners can bring increased comfort, safety and value to their homes.”
Homeowners interested in earning their own certificate are encouraged to complete a free home energy profile on www.IllinoisHomePerformance.org and contact one of 24 Chicago-area participating contractors. For questions about the program, homeowners can call 866-395-1032.
About Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance – The Source on Energy Efficiency
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (www.mwalliance.org) is a non-profit organization committed to advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA works in 13 states to bridge the gap between policy adoption and program implementation.
About Illinois Home Performance (IHP)
Illinois Home Performance (IHP) is Illinois’ version of the national Home Performance with Energy Star program, which is currently running in 32 states across the county. Illinois Home Performance connects homeowners with qualified contractors and energy auditors who assess the 'performance' of existing homes and perform targeted renovations that result in energy savings and improved comfort, safety, and durability. IHP offers a variety of resources including an online energy profile tool, building science hotline, and listing of specially qualified contractors at www.IllinoisHomePerformance.org.