Proposed Cuts to Energy Efficiency Program Will Affect Rebate Levels

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Some Rebates Will Be Eliminated Completely If you’ve considered making any upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business, you may want to act now while rebates still exist to help lower the cost. SF2311 was passed this legislative year and mandates a dramatic cut in Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy’s energy efficiency programs. Insulation, air sealing and other rebates are being

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Art in a New Light

Art in a New Light

Next time you step into the Art Haus gallery on West Water St in Decorah, you may notice a slight difference in the ambiance, not due to the art, but due to the light! On July 12th, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members Drew Peeler and Emily Osborne performed a direct install service and replaced sixteen bulbs with high-efficiency LED light bulbs. This simple installation will save the non-profit an estimated $145

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Call for Submissions: Activities Resource Folder

Call for Submissions: Activities Resource Folder

Ashley Lookenhouse, Green Iowa Education Coordinator 2017-18 My Green Iowa project is an e-project in the sense that I am working to compile an accessible, open source resource folder for those wishing to teach about sustainability, energy, or environmentalism to people of all ages. The folder is going to be organized by the theme of the lesson plans and will have resources that have been contributed by Green Iowa members

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E-Bikes: The New Bike on the Block

E-Bikes: The New Bike on the Block

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist This month, I caught up with Josie and Travis from Decorah Bicycles (DB) to hear about their E-Bikes, a new form of bicycle transportation that could be an innovative tool for those looking to decrease the carbon footprint of their around-town transportation. KE: Hi Josie, I’ve recently noticed a sign advertising E-bikes at Decorah Bicycles. I’m just going to ask straight out: what is an E-bike?

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Fest(EV)al Draws Crowds and Cars

Fest(EV)al Draws Crowds and Cars

June 2, 2018, DECORAH  – The Fest(EV)al electric vehicle festival attracted crowds and cars. Over 200 people attended to learn about plug-in electric vehicles at the Danan Lansing Building. Principal sponsor KAR Auto Group (Decorah Chevrolet Cadillac, Decorah Auto group) showed up to exhibit their very first hybrid minivan: the Chrysler Pacifica, along with three other hybrid vehicles. KAR is the first auto dealer in Winneshiek County to have their mechanics certified

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Decorah Power and Municipal Electric Utility Update

Joel Zook, Energy Planner The final, agonizingly close vote is in. Of the 2767 votes cast, there were 1382 yes votes and 1385 no votes. The three-vote margin is just one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the votes cast. It was an engaged electorate with voter participation over 50 percent. Decorah voters decided not to authorize the city to further explore the possibility of forming a municipal electric utility. As

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Now is the Time to (re)Consider Solar

Now is the Time to (re)Consider Solar

Joel Zook, Energy Planner I am taking another hard look at solar panels for my home. My roof is not an ideal site for solar; It faces west and is heavily shaded through most of the morning. I ran the numbers shortly after buying my house and the payback was longer than I was willing to commit to. However, it’s been a few years and prices continue to fall. Additionally,

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Electric Vehicle Fest(EV)al

Electric Vehicle Fest(EV)al

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist Electric vehicles (EVs) have long been of interest to those seeking to decrease fossil fuel dependency and generate power in their communities through renewable energy.  As the EV market grows in response to high fuel costs and clean transportation needs, we are excited about the clean, efficient transportation that EVs can and will offer. From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on June 2nd at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds

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SPRING CLEANING: Small measures to improve your home’s energy efficiency

SPRING CLEANING: Small measures to improve your home’s energy efficiency

Emily Osborne, Green Iowa AmeriCorps Audit Coordinator Got a bored teenager and want to lower your energy bills? If so, here is a quick list of opportunities to kill two birds with one stone!  Make natural cleaners. As our nation transitions to a chemical-free food system, why not apply the same mentality towards our cleaning supplies? Creating your personal cleaner reduces your home’s exposure to unknown chemicals, helps the environment,

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AmeriCorps Week 2018

AmeriCorps Week 2018

Ashley Lookenhouse, Green Iowa Education Coordinator 2017-18 The week of March 11th to 17th is AmeriCorps Week. Launched in May 2007, AmeriCorps week is dedicated to giving recognition to the nearly 80,000 members that complete yearly National Service terms. There are many different positions that AmeriCorps members serve in from working in school systems to working in National Parks and everything in between. One way that AmeriCorps members serve communities

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