Take Iowa Energy Center’s home energy digital tour


Wrapping a water heater can save energy and money. Photo by CERTs, Flickr.
Wrapping a water heater can save energy and money. Photo by CERTs, Flickr.

The Iowa Energy Center’s website now features an interactive “home energy tour”.

The digital tour shows various ways homeowners can save energy and money. It covers heating, cooling, insulation, appliances and water heating.

Take the tour here.

On the Radio: Using vacation time to save energy


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment offers a number of suggestions on how to conserve energy while on vacation. Continue reading

Iowa City parking ramps receive green makeover


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Iowa City is saving both energy and money through recent green efforts. The lights in the city’s parking ramps have been swapped with LED light bulbs. This seemingly simple measure will make a sizeable impact in the city’s utility bill and energy use.

The Press-Citizen reports:

The city invested in energy-efficient lighting for its downtown parking ramps, resulting in a 52-percent reduction in overall electricity usage in the facilities and a savings of nearly $1,000 monthly per ramp. Continue reading

New website promotes Iowa’s energy-saving efforts


A new website looks to promote the energy efficiency efforts of central Iowa cities. ShareGoodEnergy.org 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. Continue reading