Your energy district is here to help you implement energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades at your home, farm, and/or business. Together, and with the right resources, we can achieve 100% local, clean, efficient energy by 2050.
Green Iowa AmeriCorps Services: First-Step Home Energy Assessments, First-Step Electrification Assessments, and Bright Box
Fully vaccinated? Get an in home energy assessment including a full lighting upgrade to LEDs, combustion safety testing, and a blower door test to identify drafts in your home.
If you are an Allamakee-Clayton or MiEnergy customer, you can sign up for a First-Step Electrification Assessment to learn even more about how you could save money on your utility bills.
In addition, we’re still offering our Bright Box Program! Get a home lighting upgrade with a box of all the LED’s you need delivered no-contact straight to your doorstep! Bright Box is our response to COVID-19. Our regular in-home energy audits are currently available to fully vaccinated households only.
Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Winneshiek Energy District (WED) have received USDA funding to provide energy audits to small businesses and agricultural producers in NE Iowa and SE Minnesota. The grant funding provided by USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) significantly reduces the cost of a high-quality energy audit.
Comprehensive Energy Assessment for Home
$300, plus travel
This service is for homeowners looking for a more in-depth energy assessment or do not qualify for the Green Iowa AmeriCorps First Step Home Assessment due to location. Energy Assessment includes blower door test, combustion safety testing where applicable, and thermal imaging. A written report will include energy efficiency upgrade recommendations with estimates on costs, energy savings and payback periods.
Home Energy Consulting
Would you like some advice on energy improvements to your home, but don’t need a full home assessment? Give Joel a call to work out a custom package.
Solar Site Assessments
$200, plus travel
For homes, farms, and businesses
A Winneshiek Energy District solar site assessment offers an analysis of your solar potential and detailed cost/benefit figures from a neutral third party. Energy Planner Joel Zook is a certified Solar PV Site Assessor (MREA) and will provide an unbiased, conservative estimate of your potential system’s energy production based on its orientation and amount of shading. The report also includes analysis of tax incentives, the value of energy based on your electric provider’s cost of energy, and solar policies.
Starting at $1,500 for a report that meets NRCS standards for plan-development cost-share.
Agriculture is the dominant land use and economic mainstay of our Northeast Iowa counties. Can you believe area farmers spend well over $100 million per year on energy inputs? Much of that energy can be saved through efficiency practices, and much more generated right on the farm through renewable energy. Taking advantage of these opportunities will help the pocketbooks of farmers, contribute greatly to local economies, and reduce our regional contribution to climate change.
Looking to go net-zero? Or at least offset some of your carbon output? When you purchase local Oneota Carbon Offset tags, you support carbon savings in other areas of our community.