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Affordable Multifamily Property Projects – East View Manor

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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TEG Visits Adventure Lighting

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

  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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Classroom Efficiency Contest

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

TEACHERS: Are your students circus fans?  Are you interested in teaching your students about energy efficiency and sustainability?  If you answered “yes” to both of these questions,  TEG has a fun contest for your class! Des Moines Metro Area classrooms, grades K-5, are encouraged to submit ideas for creative energy efficiency or sustainability solutions for their classrooms or schools.  Contestants should not only present their ideas in a media of their choice, but they should also describe why energy efficiency is important for their classroom, school, and Iowa!  Presentations are open ended so as not to inhibit creativity and the […]

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Trash Bash 2012

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

On Friday, April 20th the City of Des Moines hosted its annual Trash Bash event in honor of Earth Day. Each year volunteers cover over 50 project locations, cleaning up trash and landscaping, planting, cutting trees from fence lines and more.  Trash Bash 2011 had almost a thousand volunteers and removed over six thousand pounds of litter, tires, and recyclables. To continue our support of this fantastic event, TEG proudly put a team together. Thanks to a contribution from Big City Burgers, volunteers got to enjoy a free lunch and at the downtown block party.  Emily and Jesse even ran […]

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The EPA named Des Moines Public Schools ENEGY STAR Partner of the Year

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year this week! DMPS has put an emphasis on improving its schools through energy management and whole building improvements.  This emphasis has garnered Forty-three out of Des Moines’s 60 schools to be ENERGY STAR – rated, meaning they cost forty cents per square foot less to operate than the average performers. EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson released a statement about the award. “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ENERGY STAR program, EPA is proud to recognize Des Moines Public Schools with the […]

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Master Builders of Iowa Construction Expo with Sal Giunta

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Amber Wilson and Les Wilson attended the 100th Master Builders of Iowa Construction Expo on behalf of MidAmerican Energy at the Des Moines Events Center earlier this week.  During the expo attendees could expect “festivities planned to celebrate and pay tribute to the individuals who have a hand in building the buildings for the commercial construction industry”. Each year this is a great Expo to be a part of, and the Keynote Speaker this time made it particularly rewarding. Iowa native Sal Giunta was the Keynote Speaker at the Expo.  Giunta was born in Clinton, Iowa but lived most of […]

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