The Energy Chronicles

Easily Implemented Energy Saving Tips

By Miranda |

Energy efficiency is a noble goal to strive for, but sometimes the realities of life (namely, money or the lack thereof) can get in the way of realizing these goals. Cindy, our manager for TEG’s Affordable Housing Program, has put together this helpful infographic that provides budget-friendly ways for you and your tenants to save energy – and money. Click on the link below to view and download the infographic. Energy Saving Tips Flyer 6.9.2017

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Affordable Multifamily Property Projects – East View Manor

By Miranda |

The Energy Group recently installed free energy efficiency items at East View Manor, a senior, affordable multifamily property managed by the City of Des Moines. The energy saving items were provided and installed for free as part of the energy efficiency program for affordable multifamily housing. The program, sponsored by Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company, also offers enhanced rebates for energy efficient projects such as heating, cooling, windows, insulation, and additional lighting updates. Rebates can be as high as 40% for materials and labor. For some insulation projects, the rebate can be as high as 70% [...]

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Springtime is the Best time to Get Your Energy Assessment

By Cindy |

Spring is here! The days get longer, the weather is warming up and it’s time for deep cleaning. It’s also an excellent time to get a free energy assessment! During the spring, your energy costs typically decrease and your energy costs are not top of mind. With a free energy assessment, you will get a report that details the energy losses and potential energy savings you can achieve with energy efficient updates. In addition, the report will identify rebates that are available with certain updates. They can be as simple as weather stripping to a complete upgrade of your heating [...]

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Anatomy of an Ames Energy Audit

By Ryan |

Did you know that TEG provides free home energy audits for City of Ames residents? Here’s what you can expect from a typical residential energy audit.   The audit process involves two things: the site visit and the report. The site visit takes around an hour to complete. During the site visit the air conditioner, furnace, water heater, large appliances, insulation, lighting, and building shell are inspected and information is gathered on them (model/serial numbers, etc.)   A blower door test is also run for homes that were built around or before the year 2000. The blower door test can [...]

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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

By Miranda |

Wearing green is a time-honored tradition for St. Patrick’s Day – nobody wants to get pinched! But instead of wearing green for a single day, why don’t you and your colleagues incorporate GOING green into your office culture? Check out the infographic for more details on how your office can go green this holiday.  

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TEG Visits the Kinseth Hospitality Trade Show

By epresnell |

Last week, The Energy Group visited Bellevue, NE for the 2017 Kinseth Hospitality Trade Show. Throughout the morning, we got to converse with other vendors before the main trade show began. TEG staff members Emily, Candace, and myself had the pleasure of meeting and talking with all the Kinseth hotel managers along with some members of the leadership team, including Bruce and Gary Kinseth.   Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, and interested in what we could do to help them save money on utility costs. We answered many great, insightful questions. A few of those interested in energy efficiency [...]

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TEG Visits Adventure Lighting

By Josh |

  A recent venture to Adventure Lighting, a local lighting vendor, shed new light (pun intended) on the emerging world of LED lighting and controls. A staggering amount of coal and natural gas is burned every day to supply light to empty spaces. Whether we are looking at empty corridors, parking lots, or offices, the savings potential of replacing legacy lighting with LED and using controls are considerable, as is the electricity and dollars wasted by not pursuing energy efficiency.   The first thing shown to the TEG crew was the increasingly popular linear LED tube lamp, which is quickly [...]

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The Super Bowl and Energy Efficiency

By Miranda |

Super Bowl LI is this Sunday! Whether you’re a Patriots fan or a Falcons fan, chances are you’re either holding a Super Bowl party or attending one hosted by friends or family. With so many people tuning in, you may think that energy usage spikes during this time- but in reality, it actually drops! How does this work? According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, this drop in energy use occurs precisely because of the number of people who hold or attend Super Bowl parties. Say you’re attending a watch party with seven other people. Only one TV is [...]

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Groundhog Day Energy PSA

By Miranda |

Happy Groundhog Day!   America’s famous rodent, Punxsutawney Phil, has predicted that we have an extra six weeks of winter to go. If you haven’t taken a look at your furnace’s air filter this season, now is the perfect time to do so! A clogged filter can raise your heating bill, lower air quality, and even cause your furnace to break down, which can lead to expensive repairs. Replacing a filter is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to improve the energy efficiency of your home or facility and improve your quality of life.

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The (Savings) Power of LED Lights

By Miranda |

2017 has brought some exciting new changes with our installations! TEG is now installing LED light bulbs and fixtures as part of our Energy Efficiency for Affordable Housing program. Check out the infographic for more details on how LEDs can save you and your tenants even more money.  

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