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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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City of Ames Energy Efficiency Programs

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Earlier this year The Energy Group was awarded the contract to perform energy audits for the City of Ames Residential Program. These audits are intended to help customers identify energy savings opportunities in their homes as well as assist with the rebate process for applicable projects. Homes built prior to 2000 will receive a blower door test as part of the audit.  To sign up, Ames Residential customers can sign up online. Additionally TEG’s contract for the Commercial Programs has been extended. Our team will continue to assist Commercial and Industrial customers with energy efficiency needs. Interested customers can fill out [...]

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Small Changes in Energy Habits Could Generate Big Savings

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

A few months ago TEG performed a plug load anaylsis for the Hunziker & Associates Realty office in Ames, Iowa.  We caught up with Carla to learn about her experience with the energy analysis process and impacts it had in her office. She explained that the office was concerned with sustainability and that she is on a committee (Ames Sustainability Task Force), and wanted to lead by example. When Carla received her original energy assessment last year it showed that the realty office was very energy efficient and confirmed that they were on the right track, but there was a large portion [...]

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2012 Iowa Association of REALTORs Convention

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Emily and Jesse attended the 2012 Iowa Association of REALTORs (IAR) Convention at the Scheman Center in Ames on September 26th and 27th.  The association organized the annual convention to gather real estate agents, developers, and contractors all around Iowa.  The convention brings them an opportunity to continue education and training, discuss important state and national legislation, and meet and share experiences with other agents.  TEG attended the convention to communicate to IAR members about energy analysis and building performance, the importance of utility relationships and rebates, and energy efficiency services that TEG offers.  We were able to remind attendees [...]

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Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

We partner with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC).  SEDAC provides free energy assessments, trainings and technical assistance to public sector entities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout Illinois.  The program is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and public utilities across the state. To date, the program has assessed the energy efficiency potential of more than 900 buildings throughout the state, identifying $38.6 million in potential annual cost savings. We look forward to working with SEDAC to assist Illinois customers with their energy efficiency needs! For more information, Illinois customers can contact Emily Rice [...]

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“Money For Motors” Incentive Program

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Commercial and industrial customers of MidAmerican Energy that are experiencing high energy costs, poor plant efficiency, unscheduled downtime, or high maintenance costs can now take part in the new “Money for Motors” Program. All commercial and industrial customers have the opportunity to receive a bounty for replacing any existing Pre-EPAct (pre 1997) operating motors through the program.  The following is a highlight of  motor requirements. Existing motors must: Be Pre-EPAct (pre-1997) up to 500hp. Currently be in operation. Operate at a minimum of 2,000 hours Be replaced with a NEMA premium motor. (List of NEMA Premium Motors) Be environmentally recycled. For [...]

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Thank you & Happy New Year!

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

As 2011 is coming to a close, we would like to take time to say thank you to all of our new and returning customers! We value the relationships we have built and continue to build over the last 20 years. Our services reach across the Midwest to include Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.  This year we continued to expand our energy efficiency services to an ever-evolving industry; developing our new turn-key auditing software for commercial assessments, integrating PC Power Management to our assessment service package, and introducing Recommissioning to our Tools & Services. We also entered [...]

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Utility Costs Tied to Mortgages in SAVE Act

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) introduced a new bipartisan bill to Congress on October 19 titled the The SAVE (Sensible Accounting to Value Energy) Act. Drafted to include energy efficiency appraisals and energy costs into the mortgage guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, this bill aims to increase the demand for more energy efficient homes. The sought after changes to the mortgage guidelines would apply to most new home mortgages and refinancing across the United States. Home buyers will be enabled to consider operational (energy) costs when searching  for a home and would even be able [...]

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