• Keep Your Home Cool and Comfortable Without Increasing Energy Usage
    [August 24, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER High temperatures outside can result in increased air conditioning usage in your home and higher utility costs. Properly insulating your home combined with energy-efficient windows and doors, daylighting, shading and ventilation will reduce energy usage and keep homes cool. Ventilation is one of the most energy-efficient ways to [...]  Read More

  • Save Money and Energy by Checking Air Ducts
    [August 23, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER Lower utility costs and save energy by checking your air ducts for leaks. All homes with central forced-air heating and cooling systems use air ducts to deliver conditioned air through the home. Duct sealing is an important step to help improve the efficiency of your air system. A [...]  Read More

  • Improved Efficiency on the Horizon for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
    [August 22, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly finalized standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. New standards will improve fuel efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions to help reduce the climate change. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are one of the largest [...]  Read More

  • Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Could Offer Benefits in U.S.
    [August 18, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER As part of the ongoing effort to enhance energy security, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide economic benefits, continued research is taking place on ethanol blended fuels. According to a joint report published by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory, [...]  Read More

  • Prevent Electrical Overloads and Home Fires
    [August 11, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER Electrical failures cause 47,700 home fires each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Overloaded electrical circuits contribute to 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage. If your home has flickering lights or warm wall plates, your circuit is overloaded [...]  Read More

  • Energy Center Experts to Speak at Iowa State Fair
    [August 10, 2016]

    The Iowa Energy Center’s Bioenergy and Renewable Energy program managers will be speaking at the Iowa State Fair again this year. Bioenergy program manager Norm Olson will be speaking Friday, August 12th at 1 p.m. in the Agriculture Building. Bill Haman, the Renewable Energy program manager will be presenting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August [...]  Read More