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Energy-Efficiency & Building Energy Usage

Why is energy efficiency important?

There are many benefits to having a building that operates efficiently; the most obvious being reduced energy and operational costs.

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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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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Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency: Scholarship

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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Lowering Energy Bills Saves The Planet.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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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Easily Implemented Energy Saving Tips

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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Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

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

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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The Super Bowl and Energy Efficiency

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

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

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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2016 TEG Accomplishments: Affordable Housing in Iowa

Residential buildings, including multi-family housing, are one of many sectors The Energy Group serves. Check out the graphic below to see the ways in which TEG assisted affordable housing facilities in the state of Iowa during 2016. To learn more about our residential services, click here.    

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MidAmerican Energy to Increase Rates

In October of last year, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), a governmental board that regulates utilities,  approved MidAmerican Energy’s request to raise electric and gas rates.  The increase in rates will help to cover rising costs and increase revenue over three years.  The proposed increase will phase in over a three year period starting on August 15th, 2013.  Each customer would pay on average $2.73 more through 2014, $2.75 more through 2015, and $2.68 more through 2016.  These average base rates would then drop after 2017 due to the recent announcement from MidAmerican Energy, Gov. Terry Branstad, and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds […]

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DMPS to Charge Teachers for Personal Appliances in the Classroom

Today it was reported by KCCI that the school district plans to implement a new policy to charge teachers annual fees to keep personal appliances in their classrooms.  The ultimate goal is for teachers to get rid of personal appliances to reduce energy usage throughout the district.  For example, based on the national average 11.8 cents a kWH, one mini fridge can cost anywhere from $27 to $80 a year to operate depending on the model.  DMPS is among many school districts and employers throughout the country attempting to make similar behavioral modifications.  For example,  in 2011 Limestone County Schools […]

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