MEEA in the News

Joliet couple first in county to get energy conservation certification

By Julie Johnson - Journatic News Service

10:05 a.m. CDT, July 5, 2012

Georgene Jaback and Bob Woods, of Joliet, are the first homeowners in Will County to earn an Energy Star Silver Certificate for energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Letter to the Editor: Saving energy

The following letter to the editor ran in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times on June 19, 2012.

In 2009, commercial buildings in the U.S. were found to be responsible for 18.9 percent of the total U.S. energy consumption and 19 percent of our nation's carbon-dioxide emissions. The commercial sector spent more than $176 billion on energy in 2009.

Energy Efficiency: Good for School Districts & Their Students

By Jay Wrobel - MSPMA Manager Magazine

An article by MEEA Executive Director Jay Wrobel is featured in the Spring 2012 issue of the MSPMA Manager magazine from the Missouri School Plant Managers Association (MSPMA) .

(click the image to open the article in pdf)

More expensive homes with new Minnesota building code?

By Jim Buchta - Star Tribune

May 7, 2012 - 6:14 AM

Proposed changes to Minnesota's building code that are meant to make houses safer and more energy-efficient have roused the ire of some local builders, who say the guidelines could significantly jack up prices of new homes.

LED Enlightenment Aids Efficiency Options

By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor - Convenience Store Decisions

With so many choices now available, retailers must make sure they select wisely when upgrading canopy and interior lighting.

Minnesota builders warn energy-code changes would raise price of homes

By Steven Dornfeld - Minnesota Post

Construction groups are fighting new building codes that would require, among other changes, more energy-efficient windows.

Possible changes in the state building and energy codes could add $8,000 to $12,000 to the cost of a typical home and open the door to building practices that have caused problems in the past, an industry group warned this week.

New Energy Star certificate may help sell home

The following article was originally published in the Daily Herald on March 10, 2012. It is reprinted here in its entirety with permission of the publisher.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Energy Star certificate may help sell home

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

By Drew Kerr - Midwest Energy News

April 3, 2012

Homeowners have been buttoning up their windows and doors. Businesses are installing LED lights. But what role should manufacturers play in the effort to conserve energy?

Bungalow owner goes green, sees savings

By Felicia Dechter - Forest Leaves

March 20, 2012 1:08AM

Janet Jaback is not the type to seek the spotlight, but the Elmwood Park resident is getting her 15 minutes of fame for making it easy to be green.

Jaback, who lives in a circa-1927 bungalow, received the first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Silver Certificate in the state.

Illinois electric co-ops win energy efficiency award

Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives' Illinois Country Living magazine