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Efficiency is a “Ride of Passage” at the 2013 Illinois State Fair

Efficiency is a “Ride of Passage” at the 2013 Illinois State Fair

More than 1,500 youth and 600 adults exercised their efficiency knowledge at the Lights for Learning booth at the Illinois State Fair in August—many were drawn by the ever-popular energy bike. Heavy family foot traffic made for a very active nine days under the big top where, for the sixth year, Lights for Learning had [Continue]

Analysis of Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Measure Packages

MEEA, along with other members of the Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) team, has worked to analyzed and evaluated the measure packages commonly installed in the Illinois Home Performance (IHP) program. MEEA found that IHP homes are not typically installing the most cost effective measure packages, but instead are installing [Continue]

Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life

MEEA Co-Authors U.S. Department of Energy’s Improving Gas Furnace Performance: A Field and Laboratory Study at End of Life. MEEA worked in conjunction with our Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit (PARR) team members to collect and analyze working furnaces that were removed from Iowa homes. The purpose of this research was to [Continue]

MEEA Expands on the Sustainable Educational Offerings to Real Estate Professionals

A manuscript was recently released by Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC), Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home – A Blueprint to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements Visible in the Real Estate Market. This “Blueprint” document demonstrates different means to affirm energy [Continue]

MEEA’s Illinois Home Performance in DOE’s National Newsletter

MEEA’s Illinois Home Performance in DOE’s National Newsletter

Illinois Home Performance Delivers 1,000th Completion Certificate   Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP), a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program administered by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, saw phenomenal growth over the last year. Over 1,000 homeowners qualified to receive IHP Silver and Gold Certificates that [Continue]

MEEA Participates in the IL DCEO Peer Exchange

Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) held its 2013 annual peer exchange August 28-29, 2013 at the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL. The event provided updates on DCEO’s recent partnerships to advance energy efficiency. Mel Nickerson, Deputy Director DCEO- Illinois Energy Office, kicked off the exchange by providing [Continue]

Raising Money and Awareness: The Lights for Learning Way

Raising Money and Awareness: The Lights for Learning Way

Now “nine years young,” MEEA’s youth-oriented Lights for Learning (L4L) program continues to grow more robust and popular, with supporters across the state. “We have participated in for years and couldn’t be happier,” writes a science teacher from Bloom High School, one of many long-time fans of this program. “My students raise [Continue]

MEEA pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Building Science Training Series through Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

MEEA, on behalf of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Building Science Training Series through Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. This unique training series aims to help residential contractors and energy auditors prepare for participation in Illinois Home Performance, [Continue]

BOC Veterans Training Update

The BOC Veterans Pilot at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL finished with a media blitz that included two local TV news stations airing segments about the pilot. The TV segments include an interview with Michael Wright, one of the veterans that earned the certification. A few dozen news websites posted stories about the [Continue]

New K-12 Direct Install Program has filled 25% of the available slots for the 2012-2013 Program Year!

Since its launch on November 1, 2012, MEEA’s new Direct Install Program has already slated 25% of the available public school openings for the 2012-2013 Program Year.  Through support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) State Energy Office, the Direct Install Program brings FREE gas and electric energy [Continue]

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