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Builder Training: Let’s Sell Energy!

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

CALLING ALL homebuilders, remodelers and heating and cooling contractor: come learn sales strategies increase profitability and strengthen the reputation of your company. This training teaches builders and contractors how to leverage energy efficiency benefits for better sales results. Please join us in either Ames or Cedar Rapids.  You will be amazed by the nationally recognized speakers and local presenters we have lined up. Energy efficiency is a win-win for both the homebuilder and the home buyer.  The homebuilder establishes the reputation as a company building lasting quality, home comfort and energy efficiency from the inside, out. Attention to detail during the […]

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Easy Simple Solutions to Lower Your Heating Bill

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Employee Ryan Lovan was featured on Channel 13, WHO Tv, on Tuesday January 3, 2018. He provided tips and tricks that are easy to accomplish on your own. He discussed proper ways to: insulate pipes caulk around windows how to feel for a draft through a window or door (without using technology) water heater tips and many more Would you like to put more cash into your pocket? Then the time is now, click on the link below to watch the video. You won’t regret it!   Other Tips He Has for You: Air infiltration through the attic access panel. If […]

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Save Money and Energy During the Winter Season.

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Making sure exterior doors have adequate weather stripping along the bottom and sides of the door jam to help to prevent air infiltration. Programming your thermostat to automatically adjust at times when your home is unoccupied. This works well with individuals who have regular schedules. Having an energy audit done by their utility company to help them to identify energy saving measures. And especially to inspect insulation levels to ensure that they are up to code. If there’s not enough, they may be spending more on their heating bill. For newer homes that have several can light fixtures…these can be […]

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Lowering Energy Bills Saves The Planet.

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Are your walls and ceilings at the recommendation levels of insulation?. If they are not, updating your insulation can save on your energy bills and save on CO2 from 140 to 2100 pounds per year. Also, people in the colder climates can produce up to 5.5 tons of CO2 from natural gas, 8.8 tons of CO2 for oil, and 23 tons of CO2 from electric heaters. Weatherizing your home with heat shrink plastic can save 1100 pounds of CO2 emissions per year. Using the recommended setting on major appliances can save on your energy bills and also CO2 emissions. *Think […]

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Easily Implemented Energy Saving Tips

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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Springtime is the Best time to Get Your Energy Assessment

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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 Jesse on 27th August 2014

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 Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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Groundhog Day Energy PSA

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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