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%, 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.
Visit our interactive Home Energy Tour or download a pdf of our Home Series books for tips on:
Looking for energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives such as financing, tax information, and other resources? Check out these 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.
Home Renewable Energy Installations
Interested in taking a big step in home energy savings? Visit this informational resource from the Department of Energy 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:
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.
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 and Calculators