New website promotes Iowa’s energy-saving efforts

A new website looks to promote the energy efficiency efforts of central Iowa cities. was created as part of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant received by Des Moines, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Ankeny. The Des Moines register reports that in addition to displaying the energy-saving accomplishments of these four cities, the website also offers advice on how other cities can enact similar environmental practices:

The creation of the site is the result of a more than $1.1 million from the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. As recipients of the grant, the cities were required to communicate with residents and business owners about their efforts to reduce energy consumption, West Des Moines city planner Aaron Chittenden said.

“We realized we all needed to do the communication, and we knew we all had money for outreach, but we decided that if we pooled our reserves, we’d be able to do more and do it better,” Chittenden said. “We’re required to (communicate) for a year, but our hope is that the site will remain in perpetuity, and that after we get the ball rolling, others will join.”

The website features updates on energy-saving projects and lessons the cities have learned in completing projects that save energy and money, as well as tips and resources on reducing energy use at a home or in the workplace.

Laura Graham, management fellow for the city of Des Moines, said the website reinforces the fact that each city is working hard to improve energy efficiency and save tax dollars.

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