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City of Ames Smart Business Challenge Luncheon

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Recently the City of Ames held a recognition luncheon for members of its Smart Business Challenge. Find out what they did for their members.

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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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Easy Simple Solutions to Lower Your Heating Bill

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

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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Two Energy Analysts Earn CEM Certification

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Congratulations to Jonathan Roberts and Stefan Ganev of TEG who each earned their Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certification! They trucked through a snowstorm to sit for the exam at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids in February. The Certified Energy Manager certification is utilized around the world and is a recognized standard of professional knowledge and achievement. Jonathan and Stefan now join our distinct team of Certified Energy Managers: Les Wilson, Chad Kloberdanz, and Eric Biederman. Stefan Ganev graduated from The Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1978 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Instrumentation […]

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Birthday & Energy Efficiency at Botanical Center

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Today we celebrate the birthdays of Emily Rice and Abraham Lincoln. In an attempt to bring summer to February, TEG staff grabbed their tropical shirts and headed down to the Botanical Center in Des Moines for lunch. If you haven’t been, you should go. And if you haven’t been recently, you should go back. They recently remodeled and have a wonderful plant-inspired menu, beautiful gardens, and 84 degree balmy weather! During the recent remodel Stefan Ganev, engineer and energy analyst at TEG, performed the energy analysis to assist the Botanical Center with their rebates from MidAmerican Energy’s custom energy efficiency program. While we waited for […]

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2014 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Each year, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) holds their annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago, IL. The annual conference is a chance for energy professionals to continue to promote the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest, while celebrating the accomplishments from the past year. This year, Les and Amber attended the event which was held at the Fairmont Hotel in January. There were several interesting sessions at this year’s conference; discussing everything from water efficiency to energizing rural efficiency. At one event highlighting rural efficiency, panelists discussed new opportunities such as federal grant programs, collaborative networks, and […]

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New Addition to TEG

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

The Energy Group has added a new member to our staff!  Kate Kennedy started this month as our Energy Analyst Intern.  She will primarily be helping us run the City of Ames Residential Energy Audit program.  Kate will be assisting with residential energy audits and blower door tests.  She is currently a senior at Iowa State University studying Mechanical Engineering and spent the previous year with the Industrial Assessment Center Program (IAC) at Iowa State University. The IAC program provides free energy use, productivity enhancement, and waste assessments to qualifying manufacturers.  It is one of 26 locations nationwide and is funded by […]

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USDA NCAH Green Team Sustainability Fair

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

In late April, Chad and Jesse represented The Energy Group at the USDA National Center for Animal Health (NCAH) Green Team Sustainability Fair in Ames, Iowa.  The purpose of the fair was to promote local sustainability and “green” companies to USDA employees.  Exhibitors ranged from the City of Ames and Boone County Landfills to local food coops.  The official mission of the NCAH Green Team is “to assist the NCAH Board of Directors in promoting environmental stewardship at NCAH through increased awareness, continuous improvement and employee participation”.  During the fair The Energy Group helped educate employees about energy efficiency programs […]

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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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2013 Earth Day Trash Bash

By Jesse on 27th August 2014

Last month, The Energy Group participated in the 2013 Earth Day Trash Bash created and run by the City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department.  The annual event is an ever growing effort to clean up streets and parks around the Des Moines Metro Area.  This year, over 1,400 volunteers braved the cold, windy day to participate in the citywide cleanup.  With the record number of participants, over 24,000 pounds of litter, brush & recyclables were removed from Des Moines parks and waterways.  The Principal Financial Group won the “Big Buttowski” Award of the event by picking up the […]

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