A tale of Sherlock “Homes”

A tale of Sherlock “Homes”

Emily Osborne, Green Iowa AmeriCorps Audit Coordinator (2017-18) “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” -Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet Picture this scene: There you are nestled in your living room, ready for a well-deserved night off with a mug of fresh pressed apple cider and a classic “rom-com” on the screen. As you finally decompress from a taxing week, you are abruptly interrupted by a large draft coming from

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Putting a value on Energy Upgrades and Weighing the Cost of Delay

Putting a value on Energy Upgrades and Weighing the Cost of Delay

Joel Zook, Energy Planner If you are considering an energy upgrade for your business – like installing solar panels or upgrading a furnace –  it’s safe to assume you are weighing both lowered energy bills and the upfront cost of the improvement. Many people consider the value of an upgrade in terms of “payback period” – how long the savings will take to pay off the initial investment. Lighting upgrades

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Decorah Library Fundraises for LED Lights

2017 is a bright year at the Decorah Public Library. The city-owned building on the corner of Main Street and Winnebago Street plans to complete an LED lighting retrofit this year that will increase light quality for library patrons and save the library money on electricity and maintenance. The library is asking for donations to help fund the remaining cost of the project. Approximately two-thirds of the $15,500 project is

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Clayton County’s LED Workshop

Home, farm and business owners gathered at Elkader’s Keystone Area Education Center on Saturday, March 18th for the Clayton County Energy District’s LED Lighting Workshop. Local vendors and contractors greeted attendees who gripped cookies and complementary coffee after during the 9:00am registration hour.  Attendees soon migrated to the main presentation room where Clayton County Energy District’s board president Harry Blobaum welcomed the group. Winneshiek Energy District Energy Planner Joel Zook started

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