The Energy Chronicles

Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

By Erika |

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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2018 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

By Cindy |

Hitting downtown Chicago earlier this month, representatives from The Energy Group attended the 2018 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference held at the legendary Chicago Hilton & Towers.   The conference began on Wednesday morning, February 7 with a pre-conference summit where conference attendees discussed good policy for economic growth. Sound policy can drive energy efficiency investments and will lead to the creation of sustainable regional economic growth. There was a diverse perspective of advocacy and policymaker views on the value of contractor and business-led advocacy, the economic impact of energy efficiency and how we best leverage our collective efforts to shape future […]

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Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency: Scholarship

By Erika |

IAEE Scholarship Program Pursuing degree which supports mission of IAEE? Then check out Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency Scholarship. IAEE will award up to 2 – $1,000 scholarships to individuals.* Due by April 15, 2018. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must: Have a High School diploma or GED at the time of application Be a student pursuing a degree which supports the mission of IAEE Currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in Iowa Completed a minimum of one semester/trimester of post-secondary education Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher Committed to pursuing a career in the energy efficiency industry […]

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Mayor, City of Ames, ISU Praise Local Businesses

By Emily |

Don Kom and Steve Wilson of City of Ames Electric, Merry Rankin of ISU, and Mayor Haila recognized six local businesses for their commitment and success in applying sustainable and energy efficient strategies during a ceremony at Reiman Gardens in late January. TEG wishes to congratulate The Loft, Duckworth Wearing, Fighting Burrito, Green Hills Retirement, McFarland Clinic, and Wheatsfield Cooperative for their efforts! 

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Lowering Energy Bills Saves The Planet.

By Erika |

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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Builder Training: Let’s Sell Energy!

By Erika |

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 Erika |

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 Laura |

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 Corey |

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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IAEE Summit First Impression

By jfinnell |

IAEE Summit First Impression: As I sat down at my table before the first workshop started, my first thought was, “Wow. Look at all the plaid shirts!” But soon after the first speaker came to the podium, it became apparent that this Summit was more about camaraderie and shared interests in energy efficiency than about competition in business. The workshops had many brilliant speakers who shared knowledge and insight on their particular specialty within the energy efficiency field. Topics ranged from the future of energy efficiency, to building modeling, to communication between trade allies and utilities, and how to better […]

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