Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®
MEEA plays an important role across the Midwest in developing and coordinating Home Performance with ENERGY STAR ® (HPwES). HPwES is a national initiative run by the U.S. Department of Energy and sponsored locally across the country. This program 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.
Illinois Home Performance
MEEA has successfully designed an HPwES program for Illinois that has the support of ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® (IHP) is a program sponsored by four of Illinois' investor owned utility companies. The program aims to help Illinois home and property owners decrease their energy costs while increasing the comfort, safety, durability and value of their homes. Homeowners achieve these benefits by working with qualified contractors who take a "whole-home" approach to energy upgrades. Since 2010, thousands of Illinois homeowners have reduced their energy use by 15% or more by completing home energy upgrades through IHP. MEEA serves as the program's coordinator, responsible for homeowner education, contractor training and partner coordination.
To learn more about Illinois Home Performance and MEEA's role in this program, visit www.IllinoisHomePerformance.org
Home Performance in Your State
MEEA is willing to share our experience in Illinois gathering stakeholders, designing programs and securing support for programs across the region. To learn more about MEEA's role in developing and coordinating Home Performance with Energy Star programs, including contractor training and homeowner education, please contact Kara Jonas, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HVAC System Adjustment & Verified Efficiency
HVAC SAVE is a utility-sponsored training and contractor certification program that teaches HVAC contractors to easily diagnose the performance of furnaces, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps. The training focuses on how to use static pressures, system temperatures and airflows to identify existing system deficiencies, allowing contractors to make targeted repairs or adjustments.
Since 2010, MEEA has trained over 2,400 contractors through over 125 trainings supported by Alliant Energy, Cedar Falls Utilities and MidAmerican Energy Company. The program has produced over 50,000 certified quality installations (QIs) or performance tune-ups in Iowa homes.
HVAC SAVE was developed by MEEA in partnership with Energy Stewards International.
For more information about becoming HVAC SAVE certified, please visit the HVAC SAVE website.