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Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR receives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award

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 sponsors Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®, a successful and fast-growing statewide program coordinated by 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.

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.

For more information on the Illinois Home Performance program, call 866-395-1032 ext. 1 or visit For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).