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Energy-Efficiency & Building Energy Usage

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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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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City of Ames Smart 150 Challenge

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The City of Ames is using their city’s sesquicentennial to reiterate their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability through a new program. The City of Ames is calling for 150 businesses to participate in “Smart Business” or to take the “Smart 150 Challenge” to make Ames a more sustainable city.  The Smart 150 Challenge takes aim at improving the following sustainable measures: Energy and Water Conservation Transportation Waste Reduction Indoor & Outdoor Environmental Quality Carbon Footprint Community Engagement By participating, businesses can take advantage of rebate programs and implement a business energy plan that not only saves money, but helps […]

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Alliant Energy Hosted Annual Energy Summit

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Alliant Energy hosted their annual Energy Summit in Cedar Rapids, IA this week to celebrate their customer’s achievements in energy efficiency. Where were able to exhibit alongside contractors, engineering firms, and other energy services professionals. We will provide a breakdown of the event from our perspective shortly, but for now you can check out presentations from the event here.

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The Energy Groups Attends City of Ames Eco Fair

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group exhibited at the City of Ames’ Annual Eco Fair. Each year the City of Ames hosts this fair for all City of Ames residents to educate and raise awareness of sustainable practices, and to connect residents with business who can help them lower their impacts through a variety of methods, from rain capture to goat grazing, energy efficiency and more. We were able to connect with dozens of homeowners interested in signing up for the City of Ames Residential Energy Audit, a service provided to all City of Ames customers at no cost. All attendees who signed […]

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TEG to Assist Dubuque’s GHG Reduction Plan

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Have you heard of Green Dubuque? It is a volunteer-led, 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2007 to serve the Dubuque region. These cats are focused on clean air and water, social equity, climate action, and energy efficiency (among other relevant issues). They’ve set an ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their community 50% by 2030! They aim to achieve this goal, not through regulation, but through “no regret solutions” which, regardless of the severity of climate change or who’s to blame, will positively impact the community and environment. TEG will be working with Green Dubuque as they expand their solutions […]

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Iowa Energy Center: Your Resource

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Iowa Energy Center was established by the Iowa General Assembly and enacted in to law in 1990. It serves as an objective resource for all energy consumers; homeowners, business owners, energy professionals, students, etc. They research and demonstrate energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies at their two facilities, one at the DMACC-Ankeny campus and the other in Nevada, IA. They often provide training on renewable energy and energy efficiency. K-12 schools, businesses, and industry professionals can inquire about relevant workshops and training events. Additionally the IEC sponsors research and projects through three loan and grant programs: competitive grants, youth […]

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USGBC Hosts Legislative Preview

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The 2014 Iowa legislative session is underway! Sunday we attended a legislative preview hosted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Those in attendance were able to discuss environmental issues and concerns as well as hear about related legislative priorities for the 2014 session. In attendance were key democratic members of Iowa House Committees and 10-12 groups, representing environmental-and energy-focused groups and businesses. Marti Anderson, Chris Hall, Curtis Hanson, Dave Jacoby, and Jo Oldson were in attendance, among other representatives. Representative Chuck Isenhart, a ranking member on the House Environmental Protection Committee, kicked off the event and many topics were discussed. One hot […]

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2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) will host their annual conference January 14-16 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, IL. Over four hundred Energy professionals have already registered; representatives from utilities, energy services groups, distributors, and more. This annual event celebrates industry accomplishments, showcases innovations, and provides a forum for program and policy planning in the upcoming year. TEG will be sending a few of our own and we hope to see you there! Registration remains open.

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TEG Backing the Grandview Little League Twins

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group and co-owner Kelly Needles both love baseball.  To show our love for the great American past time, we jumped at the opportunity to sponsor one of TEG’s very own.  Eric Biederman coaches and his son plays for the Twins at Grandview Little League.  Here’s to winning the league title, and most importantly, having fun!  Go Twins!      

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