Homeowners/Residential

A Little Effort Can Pay Big Dividends

The average Iowa family spends more than half of its annual household energy bill on heating and cooling. That’s a significant number, but you can dramatically reduce these costs—up to 20 percent, according to ENERGY STAR®—by making some simple energy-saving weatherization and insulation improvements to your home.

Energy efficiency in the home is a family matter. The appliances used, thermostat settings, insulation, and occupant habits all play a role in the amount of energy used at home. The Energy Center’s Learning Institute offers Iowans the following tools to help you make smart decisions when it comes to your energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Home Improvement

Visit our interactive Home Energy Tour or download our Home Series books
for tips on:

Incentives

Looking for energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives such as financing, tax information and other resources? Check out these options:

  • The Alternate Energy Loan Program (AERLP) provides loans to any individual or organization who wants to build renewable energy production facilities in Iowa. Successful applicants receive a single, low-interest loan that consists of a combination of AERLP funds and lender-provided funds.
  • The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Iowa Utility Rebate Program A Rural Electric Cooperatives energy efficiency rebate program offered by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). CIPCO is a generation and transmission cooperative serving 12 rural electric cooperatives (REC) and one municipal electric cooperative in the state of Iowa.
  • The Iowa Department of Revenue announces new legislation for solar energy systems installed on property located in Iowa. Eligible systems must be in service on or after January 1, 2012, but before January 1, 2017. Credits awarded are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Energy Star provides a Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency page on their website for 2012 and 2013 tax credit information.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federal grant established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

Other Resources

Energy Saving Tips

Visit the Alliant Energy website and MidAmerican Energy website for information on residential energy savings in Iowa. Their websites include energy calculators for appliances, heating and cooling systems, lighting and more.

Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives
Your local energy cooperative is a great resource for energy efficiency and savings at home. Find your local cooperative by zipcode or by district area.

Iowa Utility Rebate Program
A Rural Electric Cooperatives energy efficiency rebate program offered by the Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO). CIPCO is a generation and transmission cooperative serving 12 rural electric cooperatives (REC) and one municipal electric cooperative in the state of Iowa.

Home Renewable Energy Installations
Interested in taking a big step in home energy savings? Visit this informational resource from the Energy Department on ways to incorporate clean energy like solar, wind, or hydropower systems in your home.

Geothermal in Your Home

The Iowa Energy Center is often asked about geothermal energy in homes and businesses. Beyond our case studies and Home Series book on home heating and cooling, we offer links to such organizations as the:

Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (GHPC)

GHPC was established as a collaborative effort with the U.S. Department of Energy and other public and private sector organizations for a “Geothermal Heat Pump Technology Demonstration and Market Mobilization Program.” Their web site offers case studies and publications on Geothermal Heat Pump technology as well as an online guide to Geothermal heating and cooling in the residential home.

Solar Thermal

Want to heat your home and your water through solar energy? Check out our Solar Calculator for research and data on the possibilities of solar energy. The Energy Center also provides tips on solar energy use in our Home Series book on Water Heating.

Web tools

  • Wind Assessment Study and Calculator

    Interested in wind energy? The Energy Center’s Wind Calculator can assist you in researching data on wind speeds in Iowa.

  • Solar Calculator

    The Energy Center’s Solar Calculator covers data using the solar technologies of photovoltaic electricity generation and solar thermal for domestic heat and hot water.

  • Ask an Expert

    Have an energy efficiency or renewable energy question? Visit our Ask an Expert web tool to search for questions and answers or submit your own question. Our staff will promptly respond and assist you.