What is HVAC SAVE?

HVAC SAVE is a utility-sponsored HVAC performance program designed by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) based upon the fundamental building science principle that operating BTU performance is a better measure of efficiency than equipment rated BTU performance.

MEEA, in partnership with Energy Stewards International (ESI), developed a program that allows HVAC contractors to easily diagnose the performance of furnaces, central air conditioners, air source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps.  This training program and contractor certification program was created to train HVAC contractors in the skills necessary to determine in-place efficiency of functioning HVAC systems.  ESI has been training HVAC professionals for years on how to use static pressures, system temperatures, and airflows to identify existing system deficiencies, allowing them to make targeted repairs or adjustments.

About MEEA

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Chicago, is a collaborative network advancing energy efficiency in the Midwest to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation. MEEA promotes the market penetration of energy efficiency technologies, processes and best practices within a 13-state region to bridge the gap between policy adoption and program implementation.

Program Partners




Energy Stewards International, Inc (ESI) is an energy efficiency program implementation and software firm.  Their niche is residential and light commercial heating and cooling performance program.  Their solutions have touched over 10,000 residential and light commercial heating and cooling installations. They promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship through accountability and data driven decision making.  We measure true operating efficiency, and track, record and report on measured and verified energy savings.

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s HVAC SAVE curriculum was developed in partnership with Energy Stewards international. Our instructors are nationally recognized and have many years of industry experience. 

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