ENERGY STAR 2017 Excellence in Promotion

EPA RECOGNIZES ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AS 2017 ENERGY STAR® AWARD WINNER FOR EXELLENCE IN PROMOTION
 
 
Chicago, IL, April 6, 2017 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity with a 2017 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in Promotoin Award for its outstanding achievment in planning and executing successful promotion and custumer education campaigns around ENERGY STAR. The Department's accomplishments were recognized in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017.
 
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. 
 
The Department 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 4,000 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.
 
 
“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.” 
 
 
About MEEA
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a nonprofit membership organization with 160+ members.  MEEA serves as a key resource and champion for energy efficiency in the Midwest, and  helps a diverse range of stakeholders understand and implement cost-effective energy efficiency strategies that provide economic and environmental benefits. 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.
 
About ENERGY STAR
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).